Dhaka, Nov 25: Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said Bangladesh is moving forward at an indomitable pace under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“Due to the skilled and visionary leadership of the prime minister, the country has now become a role model of development in the world. Today, it is recognised globally,” he said while taking part in general discussion in the House, marking the golden jubilee of the country’s independence.
Hasan, also the Awami League joint general secretary, said US President Joe Biden, in his message sent on the occasion of Mujib Year, mentioned Bangladesh as an example of development in the world.
Besides, he said, the World Bank president termed Bangladesh a role model of development.
Leader of the House and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday brought a motion under the parliamentary rules of procedure 147 to hold a general discussion on the golden jubilee of the country’s independence.
Hasan took part in the discussion on the motion.
“We have been working to build a developed and prosperous Bangladesh that sets an example of intellectual thoughts and humanity,” he said.
That is why a generation having intellect, thoughts, human values and modern knowledge must be built, the information minister said, adding that the government is working towards achieving this goal under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.
Referring to the development and progress that took place in the country in the last 13 years, he said Bangladesh today is far ahead of all other countries in the South Asia, including Pakistan, in development and social indicators.
Even, Bangladesh has surpassed Pakistan in all the socioeconomic indexes, he added.
Noting that Bangladesh was never independent before 1971, Hasan said the first “nation-state of Bangalees” was established only under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Quoting a statement of communist leader Moni Singh issued on the occasion of the 53rd birthday of Bangabandhu in 1972, he said: “Moni Singh said Bangabandhu in a letter in 1951 informed him that he (Bangabandhu) was going ahead with the plan for independence of East Bengal.”
However, the information minister said, the poet of politics Bangabandhu continued to prepare the nation for independence in phases.
He said Bangabandhu made the mindsets of people by presenting the Six-Point Demand, the charter of Bangalees’ freedom.
Following this, the “nation-state of Bangalees” was established through the mass 1969 upsurge, the 1970 election, the March 7 speech, the declaration of independence by the Father of the Nation on March 26 and the bloody war of liberation in 1971, Hasan said.
He said after the country’s independence, Bangabandhu had started working to build a developed and prosperous Bangladesh but the killers did not let him do so.
On August 15 in 1975, the greatest Bangalee of all time was killed along with most of his family members, he added.
However, the information minister said, in 1974-75 the country’s GDP growth was 9.59 percent and such growth has never been achieved till the date.
“If Bangabandhu had survived, it would have been possible to maintain this growth. And the country would have become a developed and prosperous one long ago,” he said.
Now the country is moving forward under the worthy daughter of Bangabandhu, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and a developed and prosperous Bangladesh will be built under her leadership, Hasan said.
Treasury bench lawmakers Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Golam Dastagir Gazi, Md Shahriar Alam, Mostafizur Rahman, Abul Kalam Azad, Shajahan Khan, Pran Gopal Datta, Abul Hasanat Abdullah, Mrinal Kanti Das, Shabnam Jahan, Naheed Ezaher Khan, Dr Samil Uddin Ahmed Shimul, Bangladesh Workers Party MP Rashed Khan Menon, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal MP Shirin Akhter, Jatiya Party lawmakers Anisul Islam Mahmud, Fakhrul Imam, Md Rustum Ali Faraji and Md Mujibul Haque, BNP lawmaker Rumeen Farhana and Ganoforum MP Mukabbir Khan also took part in the discussion.