The country was in great turmoil. People were being killed by the Pakistani occupation forces showing no mercy. The Founding Father of the country Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was in prison too.
Who would guide the nation?
Amid country’s biggest disturbance, Tajuddin Ahmad stepped forward to lead the freedom fighters and the country. Like a commander, he carried the country through the War of Liberation in 1971 leading from the front. The nation found back harmony everywhere. Tajuddin understood the subtle differences of history and dissected every little detail of it. Thus, he was called a man of history.
We should not forget his significance during the war. Because, when Bangabandhu was arrested and sent to jail, it was Tajuddin who led the people of this country to freedom. Had it not been him, the nation would have lost in the great battle against the Pakistani oppressors. All our hope would have run into the wall.
Ahmed was born at Kapasia in Gazipur on 23 July 1925 to Maulavi Muhammad Yasin Khan and Meherunnesa Khanam. His early life began with his father teaching him Arabic. During his student life, he proved his intelligence. He secured 12th position in Matriculation and 4th in Intermediate examinations from Jagannath College (Now Jagannath University). Later, he obtained BA (Hons) degree in Economics from Dhaka University in 1950.
Among them who contributed to the independence of Bangladesh, the name of Tajuddin Ahmed will be in the front row. He responded to the call of the country leaving behind his wives, children, and relatives.
He arranged training for the freedom fighters, rehabilitated the refugees including the senior leaders of Awami League in the face of mass killing, formed the Mujibnagar government following a credible pattern and became the first prime minister of the country. He contributed to the freedom of Bangalees by sacrificing himself.
When Bangabandhu was assassinated, Tajuddin along with other political leaders was taken prisoners by Khondoker Mostaq Ahmed’s regime. Then, on November 3, the nation saw another dark chapter of the country as the infamous ‘jail killing’ took place. Tajuddin, Syed Nazrul Islam, A. H. M. Qamaruzzaman and Muhammad Mansur Ali were killed inside the prison.
Today is this great leader’s birth anniversary. The country remembers him with the utmost respect. Likewise, Bangla Insider remembers him with great respect and prays for his departed soul.