Reminiscing the homecoming of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 40 years back, her nephew Radwan Mujib Siddiq on Monday paid tributes to this historical moment, saying that she ‘turned Bangladesh away from the darkness’ on this day.
"Forty years ago, today, you turned Bangladesh away from the darkness, and shone your light on the path towards democracy, development, and a decent life for its people. There's still a long way to go, but none of it would have been possible without your return. Thank you," grandson of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman wrote on his official Facebook page.
His words were accompanied by the time-travelled image of a 40-year-old poster on her return at the airport at 3:00 pm on May 17, 1981.
The historical day marked the end of the six years of agonising wait by Sheikh Hasina, a survivor of the assassinated family, to return to the country.
All the ordeals, encountered by her and her sister Sheikh Rehana, set in on August 15, 1975, when the news crossed oceans to them that their entire family had been gunned down by some disgruntled army officers at their residence in Bangladesh.
Her struggle in these six years was portrayed in detail by the globally acclaimed docufiction, ‘Hasina: A Daughter's Tale’, co-produced by Radwan.
The 70-minute docudrama captures a brief history of the tumultuous path the country has traversed through the first account narrative of two sisters.
Radwan is a trustee of Centre for Research and information, a not-for-profit think-tank that has taken up efforts to present history with a captivating style of storytelling for the younger generation.
Another initiative, Mujib graphic novel, under CRI, the first-ever graphic novel on a towering figure in the country, has reportedly captivated the kids with the life and work on Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, based on his autobiography.
Besides, CRI has introduced Young Bangla that turned out over the years as a leading platform for the youths aiming to give a platform for the policymakers and youths.