Today is a black day for Bangladesh. 34 years ago on this day the father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated along with his family members. On 7th of March 1971 he gave a fiery speech which united the nation towards the liberation of Bangladesh, which they achieved after a nine month long war with Pakistan.
Here is a background of why and by whom he was assassinated.
Interestingly another political drama was played today in Bangladesh. Khaleda Zia, chairperson of the main opposition BNP and former prime minister claims that 15th august is her birthday. Today she celebrated her 65th birthday with a 65 pound cake.
She was earlier sent a legal notice demanding a clarification on her party celebrating her birthday that coincides with the National Mourning Day.
The base of this confusion in everybody's mind is that because:
- According to the education board her date of Birth is 5th of September 1946
- When she first took oath as a prime minister her date of birth was 19th of August 1947
- According to her marriage certificate with Ziaur Rahman the date of birth is 9th of August 1944
- According to her press secretary later she is claiming her date of birth as 15th of August 1946
"The government is doing whatever it wishes by the power of its majority."Here are the relevant documents for your own judgment:
"Now, they think nobody can have a birthday on August 15; that no one was born on this day. Such autocracy is not acceptable."
The Education board certificate:
[Click to enlarge those images. Images courtesy Celtic Sagar.]