Sheikh Hasina’s homecoming retrieved Bangladesh from darkness: Radwan Mujib

Bangabandhu’s grandson Radwan Mujib

Siddiq today said Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina’s returning home 40 years back had turned Bangladesh away from

the darkness.

“40 years ago today, you turned Bangladesh away from the darkness,

and shone your light on the path towards democracy, development, and a

decent life for its people,” he wrote in a post on his verified

facebook page today making the four decades of the historic day.

He said: “There’s still a long way to go, but none of it would have

been possible without your return. Thank you.”

Radwan Mujib Siddiq, also nephew of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,

attached a poster having photograph of Sheikh Hasina on her homecoming

day 40 years back along with his post. The poster was created marking

the homecoming day of Sheikh Hasina and her reception at the Dhaka

Airport at 3pm on May 17 in 1981.

On May 17 in 1981, AL President Sheikh Hasina returned home after

six years of exile defying different obstacles of the then government.

Boarding on an aircraft of the Indian Airlines, she reached the then

Kurmitola Airport in Dhaka from the Indian capital of New Delhi via

Kolkata at 4.30pm on that day four decades back.

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was brutally

killed along with most of his family members on August 15 in 1975

while his two daughters- Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana – luckily

escaped the brutal assassination as they stayed abroad.

In a national council session of the Awami League on February 14-16

in 1981, Sheikh Hasina was elected as party president in her absence

and then she returned to the country on May 17.

“I have returned to the country not to become a leader of the Awami

League, rather to participate in the struggle for freedom by staying

beside the people,” said the AL president in a heart touching

reception accorded by nearly 1.5 million people at the airport at that


She added: “I want to stay beside you as your sister, as your

daughter, and as a worker of Awami League, who believes in the ideals

of Bangabandhu.”

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)