Sheikh Hasina Current Affairs - 2020

Bangladesh celebrates 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

On March 17, 2020, Bangladesh celebrated 100th birth anniversary of “Jatir Pita” Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. PM Modi participated in the celebrations through video conferencing.

Bangabandhu: Political Career

Sheikh Mujbur Rahman was a Bangladeshi politician. He is called the father of Bangladesh. He was the first president of Bangladesh and later he served as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh between 1971 and 1975. He was assassinated in 1975.

1970 Election

At the 1970 election held in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), Awami League party under the leadership of Bangabandhu won the elections. The Central Government under the leadership of Pakistan People’s Party headed by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto hesitated to provide greater autonomy and other demands of Bangabandhu. This was the base for the 1971 war where India joined hands with Bangladesh.

Literature

Bangabandhu wrote two volumes of his autobiography. The books were published by his daughter, the now Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina after his death.

Dhaka Global Dialogue held in Bangladesh

The first edition of Dhaka Global Dialogue was held from 11-13 November 2019 in Bangladesh. The three day long programme was inaugurated by Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina.

About Dhaka Global Dialogue

Organised by: The programme was jointly organised by New Delhi based Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).

Participants: More than 150 delegates from 50 countries participated in the conference to discuss some of the most pressing global imperatives in context of the Indo-pacific region. It included large number of policy makers, law makers, scholars, strategic experts, industry leaders and professionals of various fields.

Key Deliberations:

The geographical location of Bangladesh is advantageous and strategic and thus could act a bridge between South Asia and South-East Asia on which it needs to build further. It is believed that the Asian Century which will be shaped by stories of transformations in the east and its collective rise.

Bangladesh annually loses nearly 2% of its GDP due to climate change issues but Bangladesh is also an example of adaptive resilience which could be emulated by other countries globally.

Principle of Bangladesh’s foreign policy remains, ‘friendship to all, malice to none’. Bangladesh has become a role model for other countries for its peaceful resolution of maritime disputes and land boundary agreement with neighbouring India and Myanmar.

Significance of Dhaka Global Dialogue: It will act as a platform for countries in this region on the way of achieving environmentally sustainable peace and prosperity. Participants also agreed upon that peace and stability in the maritime domain will be critical to Asia’s rise.