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Celebrating Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day in Kolkata

Bangladesh Home Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Homecoming Day was celebrated with due dignity at the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata. On this occasion, a bronze bust of Bangabandhu was inaugurated at the premises of Bangladesh Sub-High Commission on Monday afternoon. It was created by Subir Pal, a sculptor from Krishnanagar in Nadia district of West Bengal.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen inaugurated the sculpture by attending a virtual event. Expressing deep respect to the architect of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu, the Foreign Minister said, “The contribution of our neighboring country India in the War of Independence is everlasting.” India’s diplomatic, economic and military assistance has accelerated our victory. India is grateful for the shelter of our 10 million refugees.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman spent a precious time of his life in Calcutta. He studied at Islamia College (now Maulana Azad College) from 1945 to 1947. He was a resident of Government Baker Hostel in Kolkata. He was in room number 24 of Baker Hostel. That room has been made in the name of Bangabandhu today as Bangabandhu Memorial Room.

Deputy Commissioner of Bangladesh in Kolkata Tawfiq Hasan delivered the welcome address at the inaugural function. He also gratefully remembers the contribution of Bangabandhu.

On the occasion, flowers were paid homage to the sculpture of Bangabandhu. Earlier in the day, speeches of the President and Prime Minister of Bangladesh were read out at the inaugural function. In the afternoon, the veteran freedom fighter, writer and researcher retired Major ASM Shamsul Arefin, journalist Pankaj Saha, first secretary (commercial) of the Kolkata sub-commission Md. Took part in the virtual discussion. Shamsul Arif etc.

After the discussion, a documentary on Bangabandhu’s repatriation was screened by Bangladesh Sub-High Commission in Kolkata on the occasion of Bangabandhu’s repatriation day. The documentary also features an interview with Sandhya Mukherjee, a famous artist from Kolkata who sang on the day of his return home,

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