Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the ideology of Bangabandhu is enduring and none would be able to destroy the ideology in future.
"Bangabandhu remains alive in his ideology and in spirit of the people of Bangladesh. Although he was assassinated, none could eliminate his ideology in the past and would never be able to do it in future, Insha Allah," she said.
The Prime Minster said this while inaugurating a three-day photo exhibition titled 'Chitrogathai Shokgatha' marking the 40th National Mourning Day, martyrdom anniversary of Bangabandhu, at Sangsad Bhaban South Plaza here.
Organized by Dhaka North City Corporation, it's Mayor Annisul Huq chaired the function.
AL General Secretary and Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, LGRD Minister Khondoker Mosharraf Hossain, Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique and Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Syed Khokon also spoke on the occasion while renowned writer Syed Shamsul Haque recited a poem.
Dhaka North City Corporation has organized the exhibition with some rare photographs of Bangabandhu dedicating it to new generation to enable them to know Father of the Nation and country's real history.
Quoting from Bangabandhu's historic March 7 speech of 1971, Sheikh Hasina said the Bengali nation has proved that none would be able to keep the nation under suppression.
"The Bengalees have stood tall keeping their head high in the face of all barriers or tough journey, the Bengali nation moved ahead overcoming all those, she said adding that Bangladesh would continue to move forward.
Terming August 15, 1975 as a black chapter of the national life, the Prime Minister said it was the misfortune for Bengali nation that they had to face obstacles whenever they wanted to go ahead and dreamt for better future.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is now regarded as a role model of development and has also graduated into a lower mid-income country. The day is not so far when Bangladesh would be a dignified nation in global arena. That's our goal and we're working to this end, she said.
She extended her thanks to the Dhaka North City Corporation for organizing such exhibition.
Sheikh Hasina said the military rulers patronized the killers of Bangabandhu giving them impunity under the umbrella of the indemnity ordinance and rewarding the killers through giving postings in various foreign missions. A reign of killers was established after Bangabandhu's killing leading to terrorism and militancy in Bangladesh, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said even after the killing of 18 people on the fateful night of August 15, 1975, she and her sister as the two surviving daughters of Bangabandhu had no rights to seek justice.
She said that with the August 15 killing, the nation had not only lost its Father, but also the spirit of the war of liberation was distorted alongside distortion of the history and scratching of the constitution.
She said people of Bangladesh could not take the name of Bangabandhu for 21 years. They had no rights to hear the songs of war of liberation. The killers of Bangabandhu stopped the trial of the war criminals while the convicted war criminals were freed from jail and were made prime minister, minister and advisors.
She hoped that the new generation across the country would be able to know the real history through witnessing these rare photographs getting inspiration for moving forward after gaining spirit from the past.
The Prime Minister also vowed to turn Bangladesh into a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation so that the country could move ahead in global forum standing on its own feet.
Later, the Prime Minister witnessed renowned artist Shahabuddin Ahmed painting a portrait of Bangabandhu at the Sangsad Bhaban South Plaza.