Bangabandhu created foundation of tech-based Bangladesh

Mustafa Jabbar tells National Mourning Day discussion of BASIS

Published : 16 Aug 2022 08:29 PM

Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gave a solid base for the technology-driven Bangladesh by becoming a member of ITU in 1973 and launching the Geo-Satellite at Betbunia in 1975. 

The Minister was addressing a discussion meeting on the occasion of the 47th martyrdom anniversary of the Father of the Bengali nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, organised by Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), the national trade body of the ICT sector.

The discussion meeting was presided over by BASIS President Russell T Ahmed, while, Vice President (Admin) Abu Daud Khan moderated the meeting.

The Minister said that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the only leader who could think of an independent Bengali state when none other could. 

He then led the establishment of Bangladesh, which was unimaginable for someone coming from a remote place of Bangladesh-- Tungipara village of Gopalganj. 

Recalling the heinous incident carried by the anti-liberation force on 15 August 1975, he said that, the brutal incident of 15 August made an environment for Bangladesh to become a Pakistan-like state again.

Almost the entire family was killed so that no one could lead from Bangabandhu's house. But by the Almighty's will, Sheikh Hasina could emerge as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh after a long struggle being stabbed by many past rulers. 

He continued, what our People’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has done for the IT sector of Bangladesh is incredible. From the ICT industry, we should keep supporting her visions to reach. 

He recalled, in 1996, Sheikh Hasina formed a task force under the leadership of National Professor Jamilur Reza Chowdhury. Based on the recommendations of this committee, BASIS was formed in 1997. BASIS has now become an organization that is a source of pride for us.  

BASIS President Russell T Ahmed said we should remember the sacrifice of Bangabandhu and His family members with respect, dignity, and seriousness. The multidimensional qualities of Bangabandhu's life philosophy, principles, ideologies, actions, and leadership should be known to all, including future generations. If these qualities can be spread through personal, institutional, and digital platforms among 16.51 crore people of the country, and if one percent of people can be enlightened by these qualities then Bangladesh will surely change. 

BASIS Director AKM Ahmedul Islam Babu, Mushfiqur Rahman, BASIS Advisory Committee Co-ChairmanShah Imraul Kaeesh, Uttam Kumar Paul, BASIS Executive Director Abu Issa Mohammad Mainuddin, Secretary Hashim Ahmed, Joint Secretary Enamul Hafiz Latifee, leaders of the BASIS standing sommittees, and significant number of BASIS members were present at commemorating session. Besides, many people of the business fraternity also participated in Zoom and Facebook Live.