Sheikh Hasina’s homecoming day

We wish her a long life, sound health

Published : 16 May 2024 10:22 PM

We wish sound health, long life, peace, progress and continued wellbeing of Awami League President and incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of her 44th homecoming day. Today (Friday), May 17, is a red letter day in the history of the nation, as Sheikh Hasina, the worthy daughter of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the greatest Bangali of all times, returned to the country after a long exile. 

On this day in 1981, boarding an aircraft of the Indian Airlines, Sheikh Hasina reached the then Kurmitola Airport in the capital Dhaka from the Indian capital of New Delhi via Kolkata at 4.30 pm. When she returned, it was raining cats and dogs. Thousands of people braving the rain thronged at the airport and chanted slogan ‘Jhor Brishti Adhar Rate, Sheikh Hasina Amra Achhi Tomar Sathe’.   

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was brutally killed along with most of his family members on August 15 in 1975 and his two daughters-- Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana --- luckily escaped the carnage as they stayed abroad. In a national council session of the Awami League on February 14, 15 and 16 in 1981, Sheikh Hasina was elected party president in her absence and then she returned to the country on May 17. As she returned, Bangalis got back their democracy and rights as well. 

After the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,  the defeated forces in the Liberation War made a heinous attempt to wipe out his ideals and foil the independence and sovereignty of the country. They (defeated forces) also tried to eliminate the Awami League in different ways. But as the Bangalis are a nation of heroes, their blueprint did not work.  

As she returned, Bangalis

 got back their democracy 

and rights as well

Sheikh Hasina has established herself as one of the best stateswomen not only in the country but in the world with her dynamic leadership, wisdom, humanitarian values and prudence. She has established a dignified position for Bangalis through her leadership in periods of crises.

Apart from the Bangabandhu, as long as Bangladesh and the Bangalis exist, Sheikh Hasina remains as the source of our inspiration. On her return at the airport at that time she said she returned to the country not to become a leader of the Awami League, rather to participate in the struggle for freedom by staying beside the people. Sheikh Hasina also said she wants to stay beside her party men and people as their sister, as their daughter, and as a worker of the Awami League, who believes in the ideals of the Bangabandhu.

With the return of Sheikh Hasina to the country, the spirit of the Liberation War and the values of independence and democracy also started returning to the country. Her home coming is a milestone in the country’s history of democracy. It was not only the individual return of Bangabandhu’s daughter. As soon as Sheikh Hasina returned home, she started working hard and waged tough movement to restore the country’s democracy.

After the independence, the Awami League was in power around three and a half years before the assassination of the Bangabandhu and five years from 1996 to 2001 under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina and since 2009 to the present. Therefore, Sheikh Hasina became the prime minister for the fifth time and fourth in a row.

Now Sheikh Hasina is a renowned name today as she herself is a history. She was born in the necessity of history. Bangabandhu’s daughter reached today’s position through a long struggle. That is why, her bold leadership earned accolades in the international arena. Besides, to turn the country into a happy and prosperous ‘Sonar Bangla’, Sheikh Hasina has taken far-sighted programmes like ‘Vision 2041’ and ‘Delta Plan-2100’.