January 10 is Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s “Homecoming Day”. On this day in 1972, the undisputed leader of the Bengali nation, the great architect of independent Bangladesh, was released from the solitary confinement of Pakistan’s prisons and returned to his dream of an independent and sovereign Bangladesh.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman stood in Suhrawardy Udyan and said in his historic classical speech, “The land I love so much, the people I love so much, the nation I love so much, I did not know if I could go to Bengal. Today I have returned to Bengal to the brothers of Bengal. , To mothers, to sisters. Bengal is independent of me, Bangladesh is independent today. “
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the independence of Bangladesh in the early hours of March 26, 1971 and called upon the people of all walks of life to jump into the war of liberation. Immediately after the declaration of independence, Bangabandhu was arrested from his house in Dhanmondi on the night of March 25, 1971, shortly after the Pakistani military launched an attack on the independence-loving Bengali nation.
On the morning of 6 January 1972, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was released from Pakistan on 8 January as an Englishman. On this day Bangabandhu and Dr. Kamal Hossain was handed over to the plane. They arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport at 7.30 am. After 10 pm, Bangabandhu spoke with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Edward Heath, Tajuddin Ahmed and the then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi and many others. He left for the country the next day on January 9 in a British Air Force plane.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman landed in Delhi on the morning of the 10th. There he received a warm welcome from the President of India VV Giri, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the entire Cabinet, the Chief Leaders, the Chiefs of the three Armies and other guests and the people of that country. Bangabandhu expressed his sincere gratitude to the leaders and people of India for their help.
He described his return to his homeland as “a journey from darkness to light.”
He reached Dhaka at 1:41 pm. After the final victory, on January 10, the Bengali nation was eagerly waiting to give a hearty welcome to Bangabandhu. Millions of people, overwhelmed with joy, gave him a spontaneous reception from Dhaka Airport to the racecourse ground. He gave a speech in the presence of about 1 million people at the racecourse ground at 5 pm.