Sheikh Hasina's stay in Delhi
Bangladesh's new PM Shiekh Hasina stayed in the capital for more than five years after her father and founder of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was killed along with his wife and three sons on August 25,1975 in Dhaka. Vivek Shukla elaborates.world Updated: Jan 05, 2009 17:37 IST
Bangladesh's new Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina has a strong connection with Delhi. She stayed in the capital for more than five years after her father and founder of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was killed along with his wife and three sons on August 25,1975 in Dhaka. Hasina and her younger sister escaped death as they were in Germany. She later came to Delhi with her husband M.Wajed, a nuclear scientist, and two kids Sajeeb and Saima Putul. She first stayed at 56 Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar-3 and later at Pandara Park till 1981.
According to eminent writer Arbindo Ghosh, Hasina was more or less apolitical when she came here even though her father was a fiery political leader. While she was in Delhi, emergency was declared and perhaps due to this reason, she wasn't allowed to meet many people. Even though there was no elaborate security cover around VIPs during those days, she was always surrounded by security guards. Leaders of Bangladesh Awami League used to visit her in order to pursue her to take the mantle of Bangladesh Awami League. While she was in India she was elected as the head of Awami league. It is learnt that while Hasina was in Delhi, a gentleman by the name AL Khatib used to work as assistant to her. Khatib had also authored a book 'Who killed Mujib'.
President of Hindustan football club, DK Bose was among the lucky few who had met her at her Pandara Park house. "Our meeting with her was organized by some academician from Dhaka University. Though it was a brief meeting we discussed the state of Bangladesh and Bangla literature at a length. We also presented her many books by Bengali writers. She was very decent and was finding it difficult to recover from the tragic events of Bangladesh." According to an eminent Bengali poet Amrish Ganguly, Hasina avoided meeting many people here.
During those days, she used to visit Calcutta often.
It is learnt that both Karol Bagh Bang Sabha and Minto Road Puja samiti, which jointly hold huge protest march in front of Pakistan high-commission when armed forces of Pakistan massacred lakhs of people in the then East Pakistan, also invited Hasina to their functions.