Bangladesh High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Saida Muna Tasneem has said Bangabandhu's secular and inclusive values were profoundly rooted in his non-violent and peaceful political philosophy that found global recognition 47 years ago in the Julio-Curie Peace Prize, one of the highest global recognitions for contribution to peace.
She made the remark while addressing a panel discussion on Saturday on the occasion of the 47th anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s receiving the Julie-Curie Peace Prize.
The High Commissioner said commemoration of Bangabandhu’s receiving the Julio-Curie Peace Prize is a strong reminder that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was not only the greatest Bengali of all time, but also one of the greatest global statesmen and champions of peace and civil rights in the ranks of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King JR, Jawaharlal Nehru and many more.
The High Commissioner also reflected that Bangabandhu, who had always pursued a peace-centric, non-violent Gandhian political philosophy, spent one-fourth of his life-time imprisonment and went into several hunger strikes for peaceful protests against injustice, oppression, repression and discrimination of the Bengali people.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, the Bangladesh High Commission London organised the in-house panel discussion to observe the anniversary, said the High Commission.
The 47th anniversary of Bangabandhu’s Julio-Curie Peace Prize bears special significance in the year 2020 which is also the Bangabandhu’s 100 birth anniversary.