Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh is now at a stage where no anti-liberation force can erase or distort the true history of the country.
“Bangladesh is now a developing country. We have developed after going through many struggles. No one will ever be able to distort or erase the history of Bangladesh,” she said this while addressing the cabinet on the occasion of her 41st Homecoming Day.
Recalling the memory of her return to the country, the prime minister said, “There was a storm at a speed of 60 miles per hour that day. I was on a truck and hundreds of people were on the street.”
Sheikh Hasina expressed her gratitude to the then leaders and activists of Bangladesh Awami League for helping her at that time.
“I am grateful to them. They had elected me the president (of AL) which I did not know then,” she said.
She noted that the people of Bangladesh is her biggest strength and always has been since her return.
“When I came to the country after losing my parents and brothers, I got the love of common people everywhere. I wanted to work to change their fate,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina also highlighted that veteran AL politicians were forerunners for her return to Bangladesh at that time.
The very first announcement of her return to Bangladesh was made by Obaidul Quader, who was the president of the then Chhatra League, and the then Juba League president Amir Hossain Amu, she mentioned.
“Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury raised the issue (her homecoming) in Parliament for the first time. Although he later joined another party, he was the first to raise the issue of my and Rehana’s return that time,” she said.
The prime minister wished for the prosperity of the country and peace to the souls of those who have lost their lives to Covid-19.
On 17 May in 1981, AL President Sheikh Hasina returned home after a long exile defying different obstacles of the then government.
Boarding on an aircraft of the Indian Airlines, she reached the then Kurmitola Airport in Dhaka from the Indian capital of New Delhi via Kolkata at 4.30 pm on that day four decades back.