Extended building of Bangabandhu Museum inaugurated; Bangabandhu’s Tungipara house to be given to the nation: Hasina
Reported on: August 20, 2011 17:16 PM
Reported in: National
Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) - The extended building of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum was inaugurated on Saturday.
Sheikh Rehana, younger daughter of Bangabandhu and vice-president of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust, inaugurated the six-storied museum building in the afternoon in presence of her elder sister and president of the Memorial Trust Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a brief function on the premises of the Dhanmondi 32 house.
The present museum will be kept as usual as the House Museum while the extended building will be turned into a modern museum to preserve the eventful history of the Father of the Nation and his family members.
Later, speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared that a trust will be formed after the name of Bangabandhu’s father Sheikh Lutfur Rahman and mother Sahera Begum, and Bangabandhu’s ancestral home at Tungipara in Gopalganj would be given to the nation.
She told the function that the decision to give Bangabandhu’s Tungipara house to the nation was taken following consensus of every member of the families of the six offspring of her grandfather and grandmother.
Recalling her time with her parents and other members of the family, Hasina went back to the past. With an emotion-choked voice, Hasina said their father always remained busy with public functions. “My father had spent her whole life to achieve the independence of the nation.”
The Prime minister recalled that despite being the wife of the country’s President and Prime Minister, her mother Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib never like to live a luxurious life. “My mother never wanted to leave the small house of Dhanmondi.”
Mentioning the establishment of Bangabandhu Museum in 1994, she said they decided to build the Dhanmondi 32 house as the Bangabandhu Museum as they used to feel that this house is not of them, rather it is the property of the people who fought the liberation war under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib.
While weeping with her younger sister Rehana on the podium, Hasina mentioned the August 15, 1975 killing of Bangabandhu and most of his family members and said she and her sister Rehana escaped the assassination as they were abroad at that time.
“We are so unfortunate that we were not allowed to return home for six years till 1981 after the killing of our family members. When I returned home in 1981, the then military ruler did not allow me to visit our house and hold milad and doa for my family members,” she said.
Sheikh Rehana said the extended part of Bangabandhu Museum would be very effective to inform the new generations about the true history of the nation.
“The true history of the nation will inspire the new generations to build our motherland as a country of peace and prosperity,” she said.
Bangabandhu Museum president Prof. AF Salauddin Ahmed, curator Syed Siddiqur Rahman, mmember Maj. Gen. (retd) Abdul Hafiz Mallick and co-curator Kazi Afrin Jahan also spoke at the function.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also opened the museum website www.bangobondhu.org.
The two sisters later visited every level of the museum.