The sad, surprising, unexpected and history-prone assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib and his grand family suggests that the great heroes, leaders , performers and celebrities of their time don’t always receive warm welcome, recognition, consideration, sympathy and floral wreath as perhaps they remain unfortunate for the natural and artificial causes and complexities of their age.
Shakespeare truly opines, ‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness and, some have greatness thrust upon them’. Was Sheikh Mujib really great? Has he achieved greatness? Has greatness been imposed upon him? Or, was he a person of all or some of the combinations of the three aspects?
This is the cruel and ruthless justice and justification of the impartial history where the great actors and characters of history have been misled, misguided or unable to understand the politics, tactics, complications, movements and interactions of the interplay of the puzzling and conspiring facts, factors and characters of their time and beyond.
Sometimes, the great ones follow history, and historical characters despite the saddened consequences of their dreamy heroes and consequently, they have become the victims of the circumstances, as like as their beloved and followed ones since the visionary and revolutionary leaders and heroes tend to be mercilessly assassinated, dethroned, defamed, decried and humiliated in many parts of the world in the political, social, economic, cultural, regional, religious, racial and other considerations.
If we, the common masses or the enlightened ones, can consider the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Patrick Lumumba, Che Guevara, or other individual, familial, communal or regional annihilation in light of history, the conscious, sensible, and rational ones may obviously deduce and finalize that the historical or regional annihilation or assassination occurred in the life of the freedom-demanding people and their leaders or the people who struggle or strive to achieve a great cause according to them may be occurred by either some tiny and trifle reasons or some great, complex cause and effect denominations.
Though Bangladesh didn’t face tremendous and exuberant degree of social, political, regional, religious and racial rebellions, movements, revolts, revolutions or uprising in its history of far past to present , it has been facing varying degrees of rebellions and revolts throughout its history of a thousand year pro and against good and positive forces and factors.
The collective achievement of the prior revolts, rebellions, movements or uprising was and is great and substantial since the Bengali people saw and have witnessed the victory from the British rule in 1947 and the Pakistani rule in 1971.
There were momentary, partial and regional political, social, economic, religious or ethnic success, facilitation or achievement the Bengali people have enjoyed over the centuries with anxieties, hopes, aspirations and enthusiasm where the Bengali common masses have gone and enjoyed their life and moments with social, economic, religious, political, regional or communal ups and downs with moderate happiness and sorrow, opportunities and challenges, satisfaction and dissatisfaction.
Greatly influenced by the Indian, British, Pakistani and other Asian, European or recent American forces and populace throughout its history, the former delta and recent Bangladesh has transformed into a multi-cultured, multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, multi-political reality in which conflicting, complex and rarely determinable ideas, ideologies, mentality, philosophies, thoughts, and opinions have been formed, reformed and deformed with the passage of time in the socio-economic, socio-cultural, socio-religious and geo-political arena of this delta.
The conspiracy against, Nawab Sirajuddaula, the first free Nawab ( King) of this Bengal to dethrone him jeopardizing the freedom and autonomy of the facts, factors and people of this area was a common and familiar reality where Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib who dreamt, visualized, led, continued and strengthened the true, time-honoured and long-cherished demands and expectations of his people in his regular, trusted, visionary and enlightened efforts and initiatives from his vivid early years to mournful sad demise of this good, honest, enlightened, inspiring, idealistic and struggling great soul.
He was a man who was really conscious, vigilant, aware and knowledgeable of his nation, his time, his history, his people and his world where he defined, philosophized, formed and transformed the hopes, aspirations, expectations, anxieties, wonders and devotion of his time and people to achieve a free, sovereign, and secure state preserving political, economic, religious, ethnic, social, organizational and individual development and emancipation.
He was instrumental in diplomacy, leadership and responsibility to draw the attention and recognition of the then Pakistani rulers in materializing the rising needs and demands of his people during his long political career of regularity, foresight, struggle, imprisonment, hardship and vision.
Though he was dynamic, active, prompt and enthusiastic in maintaining internal peace and discipline and external friendly and cordial relationship with other supportive and less-supportive countries, the time after the liberation of Bangladesh was tremendously indeterminable, erratic, haphazard and full of indiscipline, corruption, vandalism and mismanagement where he and his beloved extended family were a victim of sorrowful, unprecedented, incredible and surprising assassination on 15 August, 1975.
The time after his sorrowful and ruthless demise was also full of destructive indiscipline, haphazardness, rebellion and tumultuousness for couple of years and Bangladesh had to suffer and struggle hard to preserve its independence and continue its regularity, discipline and flow of the life of its people and their activities.
After the dreadful annihilation of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib and his beloved family, the next decades followed not only traumatic situations, autocracy, rise of terrorism, extreme corruption, unemployment and other socio-economic, socio-political , socio-cultural, regional-international, socio-religious complexities and complications , but also initiatives, attempts, endeavour, and struggle of restoring discipline, regularity and coherence in all the spheres of struggling Bangladesh especially in establishing and preserving democratic, religious, economic, social, ethnic, political, cultural, national and international values, rights, recognition, honour and co-existence in the guise of either democracy or autocracy.
How Bangladesh received Sheikh Mujib after his demise was very dreadful, horrifying and astonishing as he was totally forbidden, feared and neglected by the ruling parties and other dominant and powerful invisible hands and authorities who facilitated and directly or indirectly caused to assassinate him where his party followers, his devotees, his local and foreign partners, his well-wishers and particularly his country people became tremendously devoid of direction, sense, power, responsibility and guidance.
When his long-served political party Awami League came back into power in 1996, 2008, 2014 and recently 2018 led by his survived daughter Sheikh Hasina and other veteran politicians, they initiated and struggled to re-establish his image as the leading political figure in this history of Bangladesh and one of the leading achievers of political independence in the history of this delta.
The initiatives, endeavour, attempts and struggle undertaken by him have been revived after long-periods of his demise where he has been fairly and considerably recognized, discussed, respected by his recently dominated party followers in the political arena and both criticized and honoured by his opponents and other parties of opposition and non-government.
The recent political condition of Bangladesh is considerably stable and devoid of competitive political parties where the country has been freed from political riots, unrest and strikes. Besides, Bangladesh is now a economically developing country which has been improved in some of the socio-economic variables like reduction of poverty, fulfillment of food production, reduction of maternal and child mortality rate , gradual increase of per capita income and foreign currency reserve , improvement in the expansion of export sector ,especially its remarkable achievement in the RMG ( Ready-made Garment) sector , improvement in health, education, medication, financial and non-financial budding, emerging and thriving sectors in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has been exploring its foreign relationship and markets in the other countries of the world where the goodwill of Bangladesh is satisfactory and expanding in sports like cricket, in infrastructural development across the country, in the quality and quantity of press media, in the number of educational institutions and their quality, in the properly established banking industry and its sustained performance, in the formation of economic base and expansion with limitations and potentials and so on.
However, Mr. Sheikh Mujib shouldn’t and mustn’t be absurdly, unreasonably and unnecessarily preached, propagated, forced, represented and visualized among the different stakeholders of Bangladesh and other nations where the authorities concerned and the people of Bangladesh should preserve patience, tolerance, temperament, maturity, personality, responsibility and professionalism to preserve and continue his vision and activities to the future generations.
The unimaginable, unexpressed, indescribable , destructive and tremendous wound, pain, blood and sacrifice happened in the life of the great leader of Bangladesh , Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, his beloved family and particularly his countrymen should be repented, healed and restructured considering the positive and negative historical aspects where Bangladesh and its people may plainly, peacefully, and respectfully utter the good , great and sublime contribution and sacrifice of Mr. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman , his departed family and other martyrs of the history of the freedom of Bangladesh.