Chicago City Council named a part of Devon Avenue,an important road in the Illinois state capital, as "Sheikh Mujib Way".
Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States K.M. Shahabuddin on October28 unveiled the street sign emblazoned with four stars at a ceremonymarked by unprecedented enthusiasm and exuberance among the expatriate Bengalees here.
The Devon Avenue wore a festive look as the area was tastefully decoratedwith life size photographs of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,Bangladesh flags and other display materials. People of all ages joinedthe function organized by Bangladesh Association of Greater Chicagoland(BAGC) on a week-day braving the chill and gusty winds.
Bernard Stone, Alderman (Commissioner) 50th Ward of Chicago City, RonieMunoz, Assistant to Secretary of State of Illinois state Chris Zala,Assistant to State Attorney, Joanna Sue, Director Commissioner of HumanRelations Abdul Mannan, President BAGC, Dr. Zahurul Hauqe, Chairman of theAdvisory Committee of the BAGC, Abdus Salam, General Secretary of the USAChapter of Bangladesh Awami League, among others, spoke on the occasion,BAGC Cultural Secretary Habib Shaheen Tarafder conducted the function.
By - Abdul Gaffar Choudhury
He is not a mere individual. He in an institution. A movement. A revolution. An upsurge. He is the architect of the nation. He is the essence of epic poetry and he is history. This history goes back a thousand years. Which is why contemporary history has recognized him as the greatest Bengali of the past thousand years. The future will call him the superman of eternal time. And he will live, in luminosity reminiscent of a bright star, in historical legends. He will show the path to the Bengali nation his dreams are the basis of the existence of the nation. A remembrance of him is the culture and society that Bengalis have sketched for themselves. His possibilities, the promises thrown forth by him, are the fountain-spring of the civilized existence of the Bengalis.
By - Khondaker Abdus Samad
Our nationalist movement that led to the War of Liberation began soon after the creation of Pakistan. Since inception, the Pakistani rulers began maligning our culture to destroy our independent cultural identity.
By - Dr. Rashid Askari
The history of our Liberation War has undergone huge distortion at the hands of vested quarters and political governments. The politically partisan intellectuals held repeated post-mortems of history to use it in their respective favour. This tug of war with our history has caused serious harm to our national integrity. The impressionable young generation has been the worst victim of this. They are confused with the frequent changes in the historical accounts, which are in a state of flux in keeping with the change of the governments. This long-drawn-out hostility between the two major rival parties, Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), revolves around their two political idols — Mujib and Zia. And the bone of contention is primarily centred on the declaration of Independence.
Amra Shobai Bangali : Shyamal Mitra
Bangabandhu Daake Re
Joy Joy Nobojato Bangladesh : Bhupen Hajarika
Mujib Baiya Jao Re : Abdul Jabbar