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Tajuddin Ahmad: An Inspiration for Leaders of Tomorrow




The best introduction of Tajuddin Ahmad is through a description of his skillful and dedicated leadership during the most crisis- ridden period in the history of  Bangladesh. As the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh, he led people of Bangladesh  to victory during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. He initiated and organized the first independent government of Bangladesh with the vision and courage to resist foreign aggression and occupation. He was a gifted organizer and administrator, characteristics which were surpassed only by his integrity, love for humanity, deep-seated patriotism, and unflinching stand for fairness and justice. A seeker of truth, he rose with purpose and commitment to the rank of statesman.

Tajuddin Ahmad was assassinated along with three other national leaders in Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975 by a wayward section of the Bangladesh Army. Shortly before his assassination, he planted hundreds of  flowers in the prison compound. The saying “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow ” reflects his faith and optimism in the midst of darkness and desolation.

The immortal legacy of this uniquely gifted man, whose loftiness of spirit and purity of heart  puts him above the ranks of ordinary politicians, can serve as a beacon of light for generations to come. The ideals of Tajuddin Ahmad can serve as inspiration to educate tomorrow’s leaders as they pursue the path that leads to truth, liberty, justice, and peace.