There are also quite thick books in it. But I picked up a small book. The author of the book is Abul Fazl. Bangabandhu appointed Abul Fazl as the Vice Chancellor of Chittagong University. Abul Fazl was also Ziaur Rahman’s advisor for some time. However, the main identity of Abul Fazl is that he is a man of free thinking conscience. As soon as Zia had an advisor, he responded by writing a story called ‘Suicide of the Dead’ about the brutal assassination of Bangabandhu.
Abul Fazl’s short book about Bangabandhu is called ‘Sheikh Mujib: As I saw him’. It is not a research book, it is a memoir. Abul Fazl, an observant observer of society and politics, has expressed his personal thoughts on Bangabandhu in the book. The book was first published in November 1986. Ziaur Rahman is in power. An ominous frenzy to erase Bangabandhu’s name from history has started then. There was no one to identify him as a Mujib lover. Writing for him, there are less brave intellectuals to write about him. I was very excited to read Abul Fazl’s book in such a closed environment.
Now times have changed. The number of books written about Bangabandhu is not less now. Three books written by Bangabandhu himself have also been published. Reading the unfinished autobiography, the prison diary and the novel I saw – Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his political thoughts became much known. The parents of ‘Khoka’, who lit the house of Sheikh Lutfar Rahman and Saira Khatun in the village of Tungipara in Gopalganj sub-division of the then Faridpur district on March 17, 1920, may not have imagined that the child would one day be recognized as the best Bengali of the millennium.
Abul Fazl writes:
The most popular and most pronounced name in Bangladesh is Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He is not only the creator of Bangladesh, but also the main hero. The flow of events and destiny have repeatedly pushed him towards the seat of this hero. It can be said that he was dragged away by hand. The history of Bangladesh for the last 25 years cannot be written without him. His name cannot be erased from history even after hundreds of attempts. History does not allow us to do that. History does not cut its own limbs. Sheikh Mujib is such an integral part of history. Not only of Bangladesh, but also of world history. Because history is intact. He will be immortalized in history for his notoriety, extraordinary success and miserable failure.
Those who have become accustomed to praise today may disagree with the writings of Abul Fazl and say that Bangabandhu has no failures. I will just say to them, read Bangabandhu’s ‘unfinished autobiography’ with deep attention. He says frankly, he who works also makes mistakes. Sheikh Mujib also made a mistake. However, instead of making minor mistakes, he has started learning from them.
Abul Fazl writes:
He (Sheikh Mujib) was a complete Bengali character. He was a symbol of all the strengths and weaknesses of Bengalis.
Yes, Sheikh Mujib was an extraordinary man with a huge heart with most of his strengths and a little bit of human weakness.
There are two kinds of discussions about Bangabandhu now. Some people write such flattering words which do not really make Bangabandhu great. Those who have come close to him know that Sheikh Mujib was a man with a warm heart and a strong personality. From that boyhood, he was with everyone and was different from everyone else. The innate quality of leadership was always active in him. He should be portrayed as he was. There is no need to exaggerate. The love and affection that he had for people was genuine. Those who trap him in short stories are also greedy. Of course, since Sheikh Mujib is the creator of history, the tendency to say more or less about him will not go away suddenly.
Sheikh Mujib may not have been what it means to be a meritorious student. He could not have made his place in the pages of history if he had been stuck in the pages of a book all the time. However, this does not mean that he was averse to reading. He was an avid reader of politics, history, philosophy and even story poetry. There is a difference between a wise man and a wise man. As Bangabandhu’s wisdom was superior to others and he was able to take appropriate lessons from the vast pathshala of life, he surpassed all other leaders of his time and gradually became Mujib Bhai, Sheikh Saheb, Bangabandhu and the father of the nation, the architect of the independent Bangladesh state.
Bangabandhu’s vision was sharp and far-reaching. He thought ahead of time. He also understood what to do with whom. Bangabandhu had a weakness towards those who practiced intellectually. He received a letter from Sheikh Mujib in 1979 after an article by Abul Fazl was published in the daily Ittefaq. In a letter dated November 16, 1979, Bangabandhu wrote to Abul Fazle,
Mr. Professor will accept my salam. I hope you are in Sahi-Salam. I was recently impressed by Ittefaq’s reading ‘Why and for whom is your strong center’. It is my firm belief that the ultimate welfare of the oppressed people will be achieved if you can publish this fluent creative essay in the form of a booklet and bring it to the doorsteps of more and more people. I have decided to publish the article in booklet form. I will be successful if you get permission.
– Sheikh Mujib of your affection.
Sheikh Saheb had no acquaintance with Abul Fazl at that time. Abul Fazl did not belong to Awami League. But he liked to read one of his writings and felt the need to convey it to more people. Wrote a letter asking for his permission. This was his courtesy feeling. But then he became Bangabandhu
এন। The Bengali nation has begun to gather behind him like a charm. Bangabandhu respected the people of Mani. He took their advice seriously. If you want to get respect, you have to know the respect that you have to give – nowadays the groundbreaking political leaders do not know that. So courtesy etiquette is almost gone from politics.
After taking charge as the Vice Chancellor of Chittagong University in 1973 in the interest of Bangabandhu, Abul Fazl recalled his meeting with Bangabandhu and wrote:
Interview of Sheikh Saheb at Ganobhaban this evening. This interview has already been arranged. Earlier in the day, I also met Dr Nurul Islam, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission and Tajuddin Ahmed, Finance Minister. The purpose is to discuss the financial crisis of the university. The purpose of the interview with Sheikh Saheb is the same.
Long talk for an hour. It seems that he is in a good mood today. From domestic jokes to politics – nothing is left out. I also saw his youngest son Russell wandering around alone. He came with his father to Ganobhaban. He is wandering from room to room with childish enthusiasm and curiosity. Hangla looked slender, her hair was short and she looked thin.
I said: My father did not get health.
An old servant who was present after my remark said: By the time you are fourteen or fifteen, you will grow taller, sir. He may be an old man. Sheikh Saheb himself was like that at first. Tea was ordered. Tea came. After drinking tea, the conversation continued. He said he has not been paid for the last fifteen months. No one knows now. Did not preach the word. The wife has some income. That is how the family lives. After breakfast he came to Ganobhaban at nine in the morning and returned at ten or eleven at night. Begum Saheba sent food from home at noon.
Bangabandhu did not take salary for fifteen months but did not promote it. This was Bangabandhu, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
Abul Fazl writes:
– Although it is irrelevant, I said, why don’t you arrange for good education by sending boys abroad? There is no need to get a good education by getting involved in politics here.
In reply he (Bangabandhu) said, see what others will do if I send my sons abroad? I can no longer send all the children of the country abroad.
That is true. This sentiment is also worthy of praise.
This is not just about your own sons, but about everyone’s son – where else can we find such a leader!
One day, in a conversation with Bangabandhu, Abul Fazl said, “Sometimes selfish and ignorant relatives cause the downfall of extraordinary talented leadership.” I told him it was not possible for one person to do everything. You will also do journalism, you will also do Awami League, Juba League, Sramik League at the same time – this does not happen. Don’t look, I have been in this situation for a lifetime. I forbade him.
Abul Fazl has written some more such things in the book which will help people to understand Bangabandhu. I don’t hear much discussion about this book. Why? Do not understand
Abul Fazl wrote about the brutal assassination of Bangabandhu
The cruelty of the dawn of 15th August seems to have surpassed the cruelty of Karbala. In Karbala, both sides had weapons in their hands, they were rivals. And that murder was by no means cold blood. The job of a soldier is to destroy the enemy, and the weapon of the hand is raised in favor of justice against the enemy. When he kills, he does so under the moral code. A soldier is not a murderer – his weapon is not aimed at an unarmed innocent. But on August 15, the same thing happened at the house of Sheikh Mujib, the founder of independent Bangladesh.
He who made the Bengali nation share the glory of being a citizen of an independent state was killed in the dark of night.
Abul Fazl writes:
The absence of Sheikh Mujib is a great void for Bangladesh. He was a symbol of unity in front of the whole country and a superpower defending unity. He is a symbol, he is plundered in the dust today by the bullets of power assassins. We are all suffering in this cruel incident. He is past the language of suffering. So it has no manifestation anywhere. Everyone is fidgeting inside. The conscience of conscientious people is always groaning.
Abul Fazl further writes,
A close neighbor of Sheikh Saheb has expressed his regret to me saying that I have not been able to fulfill my responsibilities and duties towards my neighbor. That duty is very little. Assisting in the burial of a neighbor in case of death, attending janaza. I couldn’t do that. I have to bear this pain all my life. History does not forgive anyone.
Today it can be said that those who killed Bangabandhu and his family and wanted to remove him from history, their place is in the dustbin of history today. Bangabandhu did not think of anything for himself and his family in his political life. He is therefore established today in the seat of glory, honor and respect. His multifaceted role, contribution will become more and more brilliant as the days go by. No one compares his contribution to politics, history, national life, his position is above all, he is above all.