Today is the 82nd birth anniversary of Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, the woman behind the successes of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Ruling Awami League has arranged elaborate programmes to mark the day. The party will place wreaths at her grave at Banani graveyard at 10:00am, and organise special prayers for salvation of her departed soul.
A discussion on her life will be held at the AL Central Office on Bangabandhu Avenue at 2:00pm.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the elder daughter of Fazilatunnesa Mujib, will attend another discussion in the capital’s Osmani Memorial Auditorium at 11:00am.
Fazilatunnesa was born in Tungipara of Gopalganj in 1930. She was married to Bangabandhu at the age of eleven and had three sons and two daughters.
She was killed along with Bangabandhu and most of her family members by a disgruntled group of army officers on August 15, 1975. Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana are her two surviving daughters.
Fazilatunnesa also known as Renu inspired Bangabandu in all the movements and through numerous hardships.
She was kept under house arrest by the Pakistani military intelligence until December 17, 1971, a day after the country was liberated.
AL Acting General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif urged the party’s leaders, workers and admirers and its associated bodies to observe the day in a befitting manner.
-With The Daily Star input