Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Biography

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Full name: Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Birth date: March 17, 1920
Birthplace: Tungipara, Gopalganj, Bangladesh
occupation: Politician
Assassinated: August 15, 1975 (aged 55)
Political party: Awami League
Spouse: Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib
Children: Hasina, Rehana, Kamal, Jamal, Rasel
Religion: Islam
Zodiac sign: N/A

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was a Bengali nationalist politician and the founding leader of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. He headed the Awami League, served as the first President of Bangladesh and later became Prime Minister. He is popularly referred to with the honorary title of Bangabandhu. His eldest daughter Sheikh Hasina Wajed is the present head of the Awami League and the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Early Life:

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born in Tungipara, a village in Gopalganj District, Bangladesh to the father, Sheikh Lutfur Rahman and mother, Saira Begum. Mujib’s father was an officer in charge for record-keeping at the Gopalganj civil court. He was the third child in a family of four daughters and two sons. In 1929, Mujib entered into class three at Gopalganj Public School, and two years later, class four at Madaripur Islamia High School. However, Mujib was withdrawn from school in 1934 to undergo eye surgery, and returned to school only after four years, owing to the severity of the surgery and slow recovery. He was enroled at the University of Dhaka but his studentship was cancelled due to a political cause. However, his studentship is given return again.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Career:

A student political leader, Mujib rose in east Pakistani politics and within the ranks of the Awami League as a charismatic and powerful speaker. An advocate of socialism, Mujib became popular for his leadership against the racial and institutional discrimination of Bengalis. He demanded increased regional autonomy and became a fierce enemy of the military rule of Ayub Khan. He positioned the party Awami League well during the Pakistani period to fight against any Pakistani political party. The Bengali nation joined in the Liberation War in 1971 for his historical speech that was given on March 07, 1971 at Suhrawardy  Uddayan.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Personal Life:

In 1938, at the age of only  eighteen, Mujib married Begum Lutfunnesa. She gave birth to their two daughters—Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana—and three sons—Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russel.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Six Point Program:

In 1966, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared six-point plan at a national conference of opposition political parties at Lahore, which conveyed independence of Bangladesh through 1971 Liberation War.

1. Pakistan would have a federal structure of government based on sense of the Lahore Resolution of 1940, with a parliament elected on the foundation of universal adult franchise;

2. The federal government would have authority only in defence and foreign affairs and all other subjects would be operated by the federating units of the state of Pakistan;

3. There would be two freely exchangeable currencies for the two wings of Pakistan or two separate reserve banks for the two regions of the state;

4. The power of taxation and revenue collection would be vested in the federating units and the federal centre will have no such authority. The federation will be entitled to a share in the state taxes to meet its expenses;

5. There would be two separate accounts for overseas exchange reserves for the two wings;

6. East Pakistan would have a separate militia or paramilitary force.

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