Golden People of Bangabandhu

Hiren Pandit: Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has been a philanthropist since childhood. The child Mujib used to collect rice from his family and neighbors to provide education to poor and needy students. He has provided the education expenses of many students. He was imprisoned numerous times from his student days until the country became independent. He never deviated from his ideals and the vow of the welfare of the country’s people. He fought for the people, ignoring the hundreds of obstacles faced by Pakistanis for the realization of human rights. Most of the time, he lived a helpless life.
Bangabandhu made himself a role model, a self-interested learner, and a philanthropist in building the country and nation, incidentally giving himself in his student days for the welfare of his classmates and students and his respect for teachers. He thought that to build a golden Bangladesh; we must first create golden people because the country’s central resource is human resources. Bangabandhu’s dream was to turn the country’s people into wealth. Bangabandhu used to think about our students, saying that every student and youth should be developed as ideal people.
They will become a perfect force. This ideal man means someone with good human qualities and will be followed by others. Whatever is socially good, noble, and benevolent will exist in every student society member. To be ideal, everyone should have honesty, devotion, a hardworking and benevolent attitude, compassion, humility, and courage. Bangabandhu himself was an idealistic man. The liberation of Bengal’s exploited and oppressed people was his life’s main goal and ideal.
Addressing the students on August 19, 1973, he said, “Fathers, learn a little education.” No matter how much you live and die, there is no use if you don’t learn properly. The time spent studying and learning will help the parents. Don’t be shy to catch up with your father’s work because you’re learning to wear pants. Look at the world. Plant brinjal trees, plant some pepper plants, plant some gourd plants, and plant some coconut saplings in each village. Help your parents. Just passing BA-MA is of no use. We have to work for the welfare of the people of the country. In 1973, in a speech on the founding anniversary of the Chhatra League, he said that the people of Bengal, especially the young community, should know our history. A Bengali boy who does not know about the heritage of his past descendants cannot be a true Bengali’.
If you rise above the desire and sacrifice and move forward, you can develop yourself as the right person as a leader; if you run after money and wealth, that money has to be washed away in wealth. There is no ability to lead; nothing can be given to the country, nor can it be given to the people. Besides what students need most, they should learn education. Generation after generation, we must be prepared as suitable citizens. Everyone will have honesty, devotion, hard work, benevolence, humanity-compassion, humility-non-arrogance and courage. People are the best resource in the world. That is why Bangabandhu talked about making people as golden people. Bangabandhu gave priority to the people of this country throughout his life. He believed that people were wealthy. Therefore, he gave importance to the development of human resources.
Bangabandhu said that to build a golden Bengal, we need golden people. This quote of Bangabandhu is meaningful, limitless in scope, and suggestive. When Bangabandhu took charge of the newly independent Bangladesh, his main goal was to build the country. Placing this new country in the court of the world, creating all policies and regulations of the country, getting the support of various countries, bringing the war-torn country to a normal state, properly shaping the economic structure of the country, and above all, attention to the fundamental rights including food, clothing, housing, medical care, education. Giving was his priority.
The people who jumped into the war for the country’s freedom are still strong inside, their minds sharp, giving them proper guidance, taking them back to their respective tasks, and encouraging them to focus on the task. While doing these tasks, Bangabandhu faced challenging conditions. He noticed the lack of good people around. He became fed up with the high involvement of people in immoral and immoral activities. He urged everyone to be good, love the country, be patient, reduce personal demands, and work for the country’s stability. At the same time, he started looking for the golden man. Golden people are needed to build a Golden Bangladesh, and he repeatedly mentioned this in various public meetings, discussions, and talks. Bangabandhu’s call of the golden people still echoes. Today, more and more, we realize the need for golden people.
It is worth analyzing who Bangabandhu’s golden people are. What would it be like if we imagined childhood and adolescence when people were students? The biggest thing in this case is character building. Mental and physical development and virtue, manners, moral clarity, awakening patriotism, practicing the truth, loving people, and being helpful to others will develop the overall character through education, sports, intellectual practice, etc. If these things are maintained among children, teenagers, students, and youths, we can call them golden people. He is the golden person, honest, modest, benevolent, ethical and uncompromised in patriotism.
He is a golden person if he becomes dutiful and responsible and contributes to the country’s development. He is self-reliant, competent, talented, and hardworking. For this, you have to be ahead in education and qualifications. A golden person is a person who is suitable for work and has the correct behavior characteristics. Bangabandhu’s dream was to be an exploitation-free, independent, developed, and prosperous Bangladesh. Gold Man is associated with the country’s development, progress, prosperity, and hunger-free Bangladesh. Bangabandhu was a man of arduous struggle. His dream is the reality of the future. All his thoughts and plans are about the country. He wanted a golden person to make his dreams come true.
He knew the golden person was not the golden deer. So, he expressed his intention in his speech – ‘One thing I often say, I still say it today. To build a golden Bengal, we want golden people.’ This is not an isolated statement of Bangabandhu, nor a single speech; He uttered this many times. This is his perception. He used to talk about the character building of the students and becoming good citizens. Qualities of a good citizen are justice, a non-communal spirit, a sense of duty, human rights awareness, the practice of an open mind, discipline, friendship, hard work, corruption, etc. Bangabandhu’s stand against irregularities and corruption started at a young age.
He was used to living an austere life. He used to say that even if people without ideals come to power, the country will not work. Personal interests can be saved. In ‘Unfinished Autobiography’, Bangabandhu also wrote, ‘If a group is organized by immoral people without ideals, it will be busy using political identity to save personal welfare or interests instead of the welfare of the country or the people of the country. That has been repeatedly reflected in Bangabandhu’s political philosophy. The most significant aspect of Bangabandhu’s state-society philosophy is the adequate welfare of the entire population, regardless of caste and religion.
Bangabandhu said, “Many people had the idea that religious people love their religion, but they will not allow themselves to be deceived in the name of religion to achieve political goals.” The public wants a society without exploitation and economic and social progress.’ Bangabandhu’s far-sighted state-society thought consciousness was permanently fixed on the goal of happiness and prosperity of the people, which was based on a non-communal, socialist, and humane state system. Bangabandhu considered corruption the main obstacle to ensuring the sustainable prosperity of this welfare-oriented state-society system and made the people aware of it in almost every speech to eradicate it.
Bangabandhu’s commitment to corruption-free governance in all spheres of the state machinery was absolute, and Bangabandhu’s directives to eradicate corruption were very logical, up-to-date, and open-minded. Frankly, he has called for these issues to be revealed to the public and cooperation to remedy them. In the first post-independence council session of Awami League on April 9, 1972, Bangabandhu said, ‘Political freedom can be achieved, if there is no economic freedom, political freedom also fails.
Only the Awami League government will not be allowed. At the same time, the people’s government. Seven and a half million people, people’s government. I need to be clear about it. You have to work. The institution must be disciplined. Being in the opposition is one way, and doing politics for the government is another way. People should move towards constructive work there so that there is no tyranny, oppression, or looting.’ Bangabandhu said, ‘We must win hearts by serving the country’s people. My order you, my request, is that you pledge that we have no rest at night or during the day; we must work. Sad faces should smile. Awami League was not born for power. Awami League was born to create a society without exploitation in Bangladesh.
A non-exploitative society should be built. One must rise above greed, where greed is destruction. Once one becomes greedy, he can no longer stand high in life. Don’t just put ink on your face; put ink on the faces of seven and a half million people. Under the leadership of the Awami League, 75 million people have become independent.
On the Great May Day in 1972, Bangabandhu said, ‘A few opportunistic individuals-groups kept the national wealth and the production of working people under their ax. The country is independent today. The people own the wealth. Therefore, this wealth will not be allowed to be wasted for the lust of any particular class and the pursuit of greed.’ On May 9, 1972, Bangabandhu said at the Rajshahi Madrasa Maidan, ‘You know, I have never made a false promise. I never did politics to become a Prime Minister or Minister. On one side was my prime minister’s throne, and on the other was my execution chamber (gallows). I chose to hang because I could not let the people of Bengal bow down.
The poor people of Bengal cannot live without socialism. That is why I have taken the first step to establish socialism. Bangabandhu warned against bribe-usurers, hoarders, smugglers, smugglers, land grabbers, and others and warned them many times to bring them under the law. Bangabandhu said in his historic June 7, 1972 speech at Suhrawardy Udyan, ‘I want to warn those who are occupying government houses and cars in the city, those who are occupying shops or other people’s land, those who are hoarding, not selling things, trying to raise prices, they have no choice. I am begging and bringing stuff from different countries of the world for my poor. Those who are looting and eating those things are not safe either. In the building of Golden Bengal, Bangabandhu, in his characteristic eloquent manner, persisted in searching for the golden person and often continued his constant efforts to inspire the naive, naive, and self-sacrificing people of this country.
On July 4, 1972, Bangabandhu said in a public meeting in Cumilla, “If you want to build a golden Bengal, you have to create golden people.” Give up this licking habit. I became bitter because of the burning of grasping people. I am giving repeated warnings to this grasping group. I cannot forgive you, whether you belong to the grasping group, another party, or elsewhere. Allah will not forgive. Bangabandhu spoke at the annual session of the Dhaka Journalist Union at the National Press Club on July 16, 1972, about the ugly attempts to harass innocent, innocent, and honest people through harassment and media by adopting unethical methods in many cases to prevent corruption and take remedial measures. He said, “In any weekly or evening daily, he was told to write false things against someone – give him money. Otherwise, he will be written against you again.” At that time, money was used to close the mouth of that paper. I notice that such a trend has reared its head here as well. It also appears that he, who has no public source of income, is also publishing a daily paper. Where does the paper come out overnight? Who pays?’
On August 18, 1974, Bangabandhu said to the flood-affected nation, ‘Brothers and sisters of the country, I want to say one thing in clear language today: those bribe-taking, corrupt smugglers, hoarding businessmen who capitalize on the plight of the people must be uprooted from the soil of Bengal. No fiddling with the distribution of relief will be tolerated. Those who devour hungry people are not human beings but human-like animals. You can trust me. I want to uproot these animals from the soil of Bengal. But this is not possible without people’s help. So, I want people’s help.
On January 15, 1975, Bangabandhu said in his inaugural speech on the occasion of the first Police Week of the Rajarbagh Police Line, ‘Life is very transient. This should be remembered. You and I will take nothing with us after death except a few yards of white cloth. But why do you exploit people and torture people? If you oppress the poor, you will have to answer to Allah. So, I request that you and all the government employees whose money supports our family serve them. For those whose meaning we are moving today, ensure they do not suffer. Those who do wrong, you must suppress them with a firm hand. But be careful not to torture even one innocent person. Even the throne of Allah will shake. You will take care of that. Bangladesh was created to form a democratic, socialist, and secular society-state based on Bengali nationalism under the leadership of Bangabandhu.
A new generation is being inspired by Bangabandhu’s ideals. One day, every person may become golden in this happy Bengal. We must know and practice Bangabandhu’s principles, ideals, and philosophy. The more interest in Bangabandhu that can be created among the youth of the new generation, the more they will be inspired by patriotism.
Hiren Pandit is an essayist, researcher and columnist.

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