Sheikh Hasina's son's trek down memory lane



New Delhi: As Bangladesh celebrated the 92nd birth anniversary of its founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today, it was a emotional trek down memory lane for Sajeeb Wajed Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who said he is astonished how and his mother escaped the coup that wiped out almost the entire Rahman family.

Sheikh Mujib and several of his family members were killed in the military coup on the night of August 14, 1975, at their residence in central Dhaka.

"I was a boy of four at that time and I used to cry frequently wanting to meet my father (Wajed Mian, a nuclear scientist) who was in Germany for his thesis at that time. It was because I used to cry to meet my father that my mother took me to Germany about a fortnight before the coup. And that was how we escaped", said Joy.

"I'm still astonished how we are still alive", he added.

Hasina's son, who was here to take part in a conclave, attended the commemorative function for his grandfather at the Bangladesh High Commission.

Addressing the function, Bangladesh's High Commissioner to India, Tariq A Karim the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was a "huge blow on Bangladesh" but the "plotters" had "miscalculated" and that was how two of Mujib's two daughters Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana survived the "conspiracy".

PTI