Thank you, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for materializing Bangabandhu Peace Prize

Bangabandhu, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Peace Award, Bangladesh

Thank you, in my view – “The Leader of Trust” and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, for accepting the concept of introducing the Bangabandhu Peace Prize, which I publicly demanded at the advice of Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, Editor of Weekly Blitz – Bangladesh’s highly venerable and most influential newspaper known throughout the world.

Yesterday I saw in all media outlets in Bangladesh stating – “Bangladesh government is set to introduce an international peace award named after the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman”. According to the report, the Cabinet has approved the draft of the “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Peace Award Policy, 2024”.

The Cabinet Secretary Mahbub Hossain said that this award will be given every two years under one category. It will consist of US$ 100,000 and a gold medal weighing 50g of 18-carat gold.

Under this policy, the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Peace Award can be given to any individual, organization, or institution from Bangladesh or anywhere in the world for their contributions to establishing peace”.

Indeed, it is the timely demand of the nation to pay tribute to our great hero, the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. But with my humble tone, I must say, as a senior citizen – Bangabandhu is Bangabandhu which is why the Bangabandhu Peace Prize must be an independent event but not embedded in any program which may not help us to maintain the height of our great leader and hero Bangabandhu.

I wish the event would be staged like the Nobel Prize conferring event or the Oscar – they are very independent and unique! The Bangabandhu Peace Prize event should carry a similar uniqueness having its attractiveness in aiming to depict the legendary leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

To display the gravity of the Bangabandhu Peace Prize, in the article, I said very patently that introducing a new peace prize under the name of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would add a new height to the panel of different peace prizes/awards existing in the world because it will not be domestic or regional but the international one.

I also mentioned in my article in the Weekly Blitz on 22 May 2021, “I believe that the introduction of the Bangabandhu Peace Prize would be paving the new dimension of the Bangladesh Foreign Policy to have more good friends in the world at the time when Bangladesh is heading towards receiving the new height of an economic state. By 2024, Bangladesh will be officially branded as a middle-income country having its huge size of economy on the global map.

The Bangabandhu Peace Prize would contribute to the peacemaking process in the existing heated world to encourage more people to come forward with their voices for peace.

Making a peace effort is not an easy thing that one can achieve only by dreaming of. This hard way requires a Lionheart with much activity like Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Under the dynamic leadership of Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, if the Government of Bangladesh introduces the Bangabandhu Peace Prize then it would also contribute a wide-scale honor to our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman during the celebration of his Birth Centenary this year and global people will also feel happy in seeing such an effort which would carry a great name of their loved leader in the modern history of 20th and 21st century”.

To make the Bangabandhu Peace Prize event a grand success and to get the all-out global media vibration, a committee must be constituted with many internationally acclaimed personalities, academics, and researchers. A Research Unit also be set there to panel the possible prize winners for different fields as well as the program planning.

My desire is very simple with my simple mind like many others and say, by and large as I know the positive pulse as well as the emotion of the international community for Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman very vividly while working in the Japanese and German Embassy as Political Advisor for almost 25 years until 2013.

My sensitivity towards Bangabandhu is on a very personal reason like many senior citizens may have as I am one a very young boy in 1970s who received the warmth touch of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dinajpur town first in the month of October in 1969 and even had a car ride memory with him from the then Sub-division Thakurgaon to Dinajpur town during the 1970 election campaign. I got the golden opportunity to sit in the back of his white color Toyota Car. The opportunity came to me because my father Advocate Md Azizur Rahman was a close political ally and class-mate of Bangabandhu in the Islamia College. They lived together in the Beker Hostel during the Second World War. At that time my father was President of the Greater Dinajpur District Awami League and also a candidate for the MNA (National Assembly) seat no. Dinajpur -2.


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