Had he lived, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would have turned 100 this year and proudly seen his daughter Sheikh Hasina at the helm of his country, navigating it impressively through the complexities of the 21st century.
But Mujib survived barely four years from his independence victory in 1971 to his horrific assassination, together with most of his family, in 1975.
Fondly nicknamed ‘Bangabandhu’ or friend of Bengal, his story is one of a young, charismatic campaigner, of political determination betrayed by democratic failure of post-colonial Pakistan. Mujib’s imprisonment, failed negotiations, allegation of conspiracy and intrigue, and final triumph in making his nation independent, unfortunately, led to an end of his political government in a nascent Bangladesh and beginning of a military autocratic era. […]