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True independence thrives on continuous medical research, guided by the enduring vision of the Father of the Nation and the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Publish: 10:00 PM, 24 Mar, 2024


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The word "freedom" is our most cherished and revered term. Just as every individual dreams of freedom, thirsts for it, and holds the desire for freedom in their hearts, so too does a nation achieve its ultimate transformation and embark on the path of development through the means of freedom. Just as individual freedom develops and liberates a person, igniting the stream of their free thoughts, similarly the freedom of a nation takes all its people towards progress and modernity, ensuring the success of nation so that all citizens can enjoy its benefits. Therefore, if we analyze the history of the world, we will see that without freedom, no nation could uphold self-respect, dignity, and prosper. Thus, throughout the world, in every country, we have witnessed the aspiration for freedom, wars fought for freedom, compromises made for freedom, and people of the whole world being mobilized for freedom.

Nelson Mandela famously stated that Without freedom, no one can survive. Without freedom, a nation perishes. Reflecting on Bangladesh's history, in 1947, the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, recognized that true freedom for the Bengali nation was only possible through independence. He envisioned the construction of a non-communal, progressive state structure for Bengalis, a dream achievable only when the nation gained sovereignty. Hence, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, from the very onset of the country's partition in 1947, wanted independence, nurturing the desire for freedom and initiating a relentless struggle that culminated in 1971. Bangabandhu realized that if we can't achieve independence, the Bengali nation would not stand tall on the world stage. Bangabandhu realized that if we can't achieve independence, the Bengali nation would not stand tall on the world stage. He envisioned for a modern, progressive, and developed state. Even back in 1947, when he was actively involved in the struggle for independence, he had a vision for what Bangladesh would be like. He had a plan for that time as well. He had only attained a scant three and a half years to implement that plan in reality.

We all know that a war-torn country where Pakistani occupying forces wreaked havoc for nine months, it's impossible to get everything back on track within just three and a half years. But Bangabandhu had laid out a blueprint for Bangladesh within that short span. We call it an architectural plan. Plan to build the sonar Bangla. However, even after facing defeat in the Liberation War of 1971, the anti-liberation forces in Bangladesh did not accept their defeat. They initiated rebellions in Bangladesh, and in the course of those rebellions, on August 15, 1975, they mercilessly assassinated the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with his family. This assassination was an act of anti-liberation forces. The real reason behind this massacre was to thwart the fruits of Bangladesh's independence. Making Bangladesh a subordinate state again, making it a confederation of Pakistan. Therefore, upon analyzing the individuals in power post-1975, it becomes evident that figures like Mostaq, Ziaur Rahman, and Hussain Muhammad Ershad all exhibited pro-Pakistani inclinations and adopted a Pakistani-style approach. Their objective was to transform Bangladesh into a replica of Pakistan. They manipulated the state apparatus to ensure that the benefits of freedom remained elusive for many. Consequently, their actions were consistently anti-Bangladesh and anti-independence. They managed the state structure so that not all people get the benefits of freedom. Every action they took was against the interests of Bangladesh and its independence. On May 17, 1981 Sheikh Hasina returned to her homeland, aiming to thwart the efforts of those opposing independence. Upon her return, amidst a hostile atmosphere, the visionary leader Sheikh Hasina wholeheartedly embraced and pursued the dreams of Bangabandhu. The significant progress we witness today in Bangladesh, both in infrastructure and in the evolution of mindset, can be attributed to the actualization of Bangabandhu's aspirations.

When considering the advantages of freedom, the correlation with medical research becomes apparent. If we analyze the developed countries of the world, we see that those countries which have prioritized medical science are the ones that have advanced the most. And we have many such examples around us. The United States of America is perhaps the biggest example of how prioritizing medical science has led to advancement.

Bangabandhu understood it in 1971. And it was because of this realization that he identified the areas of priority in his first five-year plan, among which he marked education and healthcare as the most crucial sectors. If we observe the first five-year plan closely, we will see that Bangabandhu particularly emphasized granting priority to medical research. In determining the priorities for the development of the newly formed state of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu identified the health sector as a priority. He envisioned extending healthcare services to the rural population and established the BMRC to emphasize research in healthcare. However, from the late seventies to 1996, we call this period the dark age. During that time, Bangladesh plunged into a dark world. As a result, our modern thinking, liberal thought, and progressive ideas were obstructed. Consequently, scientific and medical research also suffered a setback. From there, today we have embarked on a journey. 

We have seen that the Philosophical Statesperson Sheikh Hasina gives special importance to medical research and ensures that medical research is conducted under proper leadership. Therefore, she has entrusted the responsibility of chairing the BMRC to an expert like Professor Dr. Syed Modasser Ali. I hope that the initiatives taken by the BMRC today are complementary to Bangabandhu's dream. It is closely related to the thinking of Statesperson Sheikh Hasina. That's why we see three levels clearly. Bangabandhu's dream, the guidance of the philosophical statesperson Sheikh Hasina, and the practical implementation plan of the BMRC. If these three can converge at one point, then undoubtedly Bangladesh will stand as a modern developed country in front of the world. Not only infrastructure development, but also through thought, contemplation, and research, Bangladesh will illuminate the world as an advanced state.


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All the achievements of Bangladesh since 1981 are the achievements of Sheikh Hasina

Publish: 09:13 AM, 16 May, 2024


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From May 17, 1981, to May 17, 2023, in the span of these 42 years, Bangladesh has seen a singular journey led by Philosophical Statesperson Sheikh Hasina. Throughout these 42 years, Bangladeshi politics, economy, and social development have revolved around one figure, Sheikh Hasina. The main protagonist of Bangladesh's aspirations and struggles in these 42 years has been the Philosophical Statesperson Sheikh Hasina. And those who opposed independence and were the defeated forces of '71 and '75, have emerged as new villains in the history of these 42 years. The Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, had a specific goal in liberating Bangladesh. He aspired for a hunger-free, poverty-free, and non-communal progressive Bangladesh. We call it the Sonar Bangla in one word. On March 7th, the Father of the Nation spoke about two things. One was the struggle for independence, and the other was the struggle for liberation. Through the victory on December 16, 1971, we achieved our independence. We obtained the territory of Bangladesh. We earned the flag soaked in blood. And from January 10, 1972, began the struggle for liberation in Bangladesh. Bangabandhu had several short-term, medium-term, and long-term plans towards the reconstruction of Sonar Bangla. But on August 15, 1975, the Father of the Nation was brutally assassinated with his family. It was not just one President or the Father of the Nation who was killed, but rather our dream was assassinated. Bangladesh was essentially murdered. And that's why I consider May 17, 1981, as the declaration of the second liberation war of Bangladesh. Bangladesh had transformed into a dependent, subordinate, and despair-ridden failed state since 1975. Until the beginning of 1996, Bangladesh was established as a failed state, and those in power tried various means to establish it. And visionary stateswoman Sheikh Hasina, since returning to the country on May 17, 1981, initiated the struggle that became known as the Restoration of Sonar Bangla. It was a struggle to establish the consciousness of the Liberation War, the struggle to establish human rights. And the path to this struggle was not easy. She had to be fight in every moment and at every step.

In these 42 years, everything Bangladesh has achieved, its accomplishments, its character, everything is a testament to the philosophical statesperson Sheikh Hasina. She has taken Bangladesh to a place in these 42 years where Bangladesh signifies Sheikh Hasina. Without Sheikh Hasina, it is unimaginable to think of Bangladesh now. And here lies the rationality, the significance of Sheikh Hasina's initiative. In 1981, when she came to Bangladesh, what was Bangladesh like? There was curfew at night, thousands of people were in jail, people were being killed without trial. Basic human rights of people were absent. The Constitution was being shredded and distorted. Extrajudicial killings were rampant. And it was for this reason that Sheikh Hasina, the philosophical statesperson, upon returning to her homeland, initiated the struggle for the rights of the people. In the journey of that struggle, she called for the downfall of autocracy. Under her leadership, the main movement for democracy in Bangladesh took shape. It was through this movement that we bid farewell to autocracy. However, even after a democratically elected government took power, attempts were made to undermine the people's right to vote in 1991. Once again, the black mark fell upon the fundamental human rights of the people. It was at this time that the visionary statesperson Sheikh Hasina initiated a new movement. In 1996, she brought the Bangladesh Awami League, the leading party in the Liberation War, to power after 21 years. From there began the transformation of Bangladesh, spearheaded by Sheikh Hasina. The initiatives taken by Sheikh Hasina were not limited to just infrastructure or governance responsibilities. If we analyze her tenure from 1996 to 2001, we will see that through thousands of initiatives like My House, My Farm, Ashrayan, community clinics, elderly allowances, widow allowances, and many more, she has ensured the establishment of an equal right in terms of development just as he sang the song of liberating discrimination. Most importantly, she has aimed to establish the empowerment of the people.

The Sheikh Hasina Initiative is not just for community clinics. The Sheikh Hasina Initiative is for Bangladesh. And by approving the Community Clinic as the Sheikh Hasina Initiative, the United Nations has clarified a matter: that she is an unparalleled leader, a global leader. There is no equivalent leader in the world at this moment. No head of government has been recognized by the United Nations in this way. The United Nations had received two proposals from Sheikh Hasina. The first was in 2012, where she was unanimously accepted for her vision of peace and empowerment of the people. And in 2023, the Community Clinic was accepted as part of the Sheikh Hasina Initiative. We can easily assume how much intellectual, visionary, and wise a statesman should be for her vision to be embraced at a global forum. Therefore, on May 17, the day of the return of our homeland's leader Sheikh Hasina, our main responsibility will be to awaken, manage, and implement the Sheikh Hasina Initiative, starting from the grassroots to the highest echelons, to realize the Sheikh Hasina Initiative in its true sense. Only then can we see a truly developed Bangladesh, the Bangladesh envisioned by the Father of the Nation and the humble philosopher-statesman Sheikh Hasina.



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Sheikh Hasina is the architect of this changing Bangladesh


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On the 15th of August, 1975, the nation was directionless in the aftermath of the tragic event. In this infernal incident, people were left bewildered. There was no courage to protest or resist. Many prominent leaders of the party were duty-bound but misguided. The house at Dhanmondi 32 were silent as graves. The entire nation was then engulfed in darkness. Military boots trampled over democracy. The constitution and people's fundamental rights were displaced by exile. Even the mention of Bangabandhu's name was prohibited. At that time, neither the contemporary radio nor television dared to utter Bangabandhu's name. The country was led astray.

The Bangladesh that was born in 1971 was lost by 1975. Throughout the country, there was only despair and disbelief. Six years after being in exile, the leader Sheikh Hasina returned to her homeland Bangladesh on May 17, 1981, without fear or hesitation, leaving behind many risks and keeping her family members abroad.

When she returned to the country, an unprecedented scene unfolded. I still vividly remember how people were ecstatic and elated upon seeing her. Their eyes were filled with joy. She came as a beacon of hope, bringing with her the flicker of light. She emerged as the symbol of everyone's hopes and aspirations, the epitome of trustworthiness. She stood as the address of credibility when the corridors of power were plagued with mistrust. The path of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was not easy upon coming to power in the country. It wasn't smooth, nor was it without challenges. However, she, disregarding all obstacles and adversities, established Bangladesh as a progressive and self-reliant nation through her intelligence, skill, dedication, integrity, competence, wisdom, creativity, and visionary leadership in the broad democratic perspective. The people regain all their rights. By the boundless grace of Allah, we have found a leader in Sheikh Hasina. Just as Bangabandhu created Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina has transformed it. As long as Bangladesh remains in the hands of Sheikh Hasina, the country will not lose its way. 



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Sheikh Hasina, the home of 18 crore people


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In 1781, amidst the treacherous betrayal by Mir Jafar, one of the most detested generals in history, Bengal bid farewell to Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah, marking the onset of a 200-year-long colonial subjugation. Though India gained independence in 1947, Bengalis and Bangladeshis did not taste freedom. Then Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation, emerged as a hero and beacon of hope for all the Bengalis. From 1971 to the '75, the crimson flag of independence soared high, igniting the hearts of Bengalis with hope. Yet, the modern-day Mir Jafars, by assassinating the father of the nation, clouded the consciousness of independence. Fortunately, Bangabandhu's privileged daughters Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana survived because they were abroad. Despite not committing any injustice, they were obstructed from returning to Bangladesh. Due to the military ruler and governance, she had to bear the burden of exile. But the helpless, elderly, and oppressed people of the country, can gauge the authentic affection of Sheikh Hasina through the barometer of their hearts.

Hence, Sheikh Hasina's return to the country on May 17, 1981, brought a beacon of hope to the nation's people. The wheel of development of Bengalis' destiny is now moving rapidly in the right direction towards the right destination. On May 17, 1981, the day she set foot on the soil of Bengal, her path was somewhat thorny. Even an ordinary citizen had the right to enter their own home, their father's home. But Sheikh Hasina's right was curtailed. On May 17, 1981, upon setting foot on the soil of her homeland, Sheikh Hasina had two files on her heart's table. One file contained the tragic tale of the loss of her father, along with other family members, on August 15, 1975, and the subsequent trials. The other file depicted the realization of Bangabandhu's dream—the development of a golden Bengal and the progress of the Bengali nation. If Sheikh Hasina hadn't returned to the country on May 17, 1981, the destiny of the Bengali nation would never have seen the light; it would have lingered in perpetual darkness. That's why the people of Bengal hold onto a slogan: “Sheikh Hasina, the home of 18 crore people



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Today, the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina cannot be sidelined by the global community


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Today, we are talking about May 17th, the day when the honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned to her homeland. Again, last year on this day, the brain child of Sheikh Hasina, the Community Clinic was recognized by the United Nations as 'The Sheikh Hasina Initiative'. Today, we are talking about Digital Bangladesh, we are talking about the developed Bangladesh, we are talking about the smart Bangladesh that we dream of, the dream of an advanced Bangladesh, all of these are the Sheikh Hasina initiative.

We want to remember the day she returned to the country, a day of eager anticipation for all Bengalis. People welcomed Bangabandhu's daughter without any reservations on that day. However, on that day, she couldn't enter her house at 32 Dhanmondi. She wanted to observe Milad, wanted to enter her house, but she couldn't. Despite facing so much injustice and obstacles, today she has not only become the leader of Bangladesh but has also transformed into a global leader. Today, the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina cannot be sidelined by the global community. Even if some fail to recognize the importance of a Prime Minister in Bangladesh, they cannot ignore Sheikh Hasina. Because she is Sheikh Hasina, she is Bangabandhu's daughter. The development of Bangladesh under her leadership, the dreams she holds, is a wonder to all. Today, even Pakistanis say, "Let us make Bangladesh."

After coming to power in 1996, Sheikh Hasina established community clinics to deliver health services to the people's doorsteps. An initiative like the Community Clinic was never thought of. It was completely Sheikh Hasina's idea. But with the change of government, the BNP-Jamaat alliance came to power and closed the community clinic. With the closure of community clinics, the rural people was deprived of primary healthcare. Upon returning to power, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina restarted these clinics. The United Nations has taken it as a model and has endorsed it as 'The Sheikh Hasina Initiative'. Today, it is understood how much of an innovation it actually was. Sheikh Hasina's initiative is now desired to be followed by other countries. 



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Community Clinic is the 'Light House' for people seeking primary health care


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Community clinics serve as an indispensable, unique, and transformative model for delivering healthcare services, especially to underserved rural communities. They represent an exceptional initiative in providing healthcare services to children, maternal health, and adolescents. The community clinic model has begun to be emulated in various countries worldwide, particularly in reducing neonatal and maternal mortality rates. On May 17 last year, community clinics received recognition as "The Sheikh Hasina Initiative" by the United Nations.


The "Community Clinic" stands as a beacon of hope for the masses aspiring for primary healthcare services. In a short span, the community clinic has transformed into a vital institution for deprived individuals. The coalition government of BNP-Jamaat closed down community clinics upon assuming power. In 2009, with massive public support, the Philosophical Statesperson Sheikh Hasina formed the government again. To ensure no future setbacks for community clinics, Sheikh Hasina has involved the people with this institution. Currently, the 'lighthouse' of health services is being built through partnership. where the people provide the land, and the government builds the infrastructure. The entire operation of the community clinic is being managed digitally. The Prime Minister's initiative means a smart initiative. The innovation of Sheikh Hasina translates to people-centric programs. Community clinics are reshaping rural demographics. In building a Smart Bangladesh, community clinics play a crucial role.



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