Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, known as the ‘Father of Bangladesh’, has been nominated for the prestigious Gandhi Mandela Awards 2020. A jury of five Chief Justices from three countries has nominated him for his outstanding contribution towards World Peace.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is considered to be the driving force behind the Independence of Bangladesh. He has been popularly given the title of ‘Bangabandhu’ (Friend of Bengal). He has been a great ambassador of peace for the entire world and carried forward the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Being a great admirer of Gandhi, he once described Mahatma Gandhi as a "magician" who had a great capability of casting an influence on people.
During his leadership, Bangabandhu pushed a new political format where violence had no place and he exactly knew when to go for action – only in self-defence. In his United Nations General Assembly speech in 1974, Bangabandhu said, “Peace is an imperative for the survival of humanity. It represents the deepest aspirations of men and women throughout the world”.
Another great peace initiative by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the India–Bangladesh Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Peace, which was a 25-year treaty that was signed on 19 March 1972 forging close bilateral relations between India and the newly established state of Bangladesh. The treaty was also known as the Indira–Mujib Treaty, after the signatories of the treaty the Indian PM Indira Gandhi and Mujibur Rahman.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was also awarded the prestigious Julio Curie Peace Prize by the World Peace Council (WPC) as all through his life his politics upheld the light of peace.
Gandhi Mandela Foundation which is registered under the Govt. of India trust Act, which promotes individual freedom, civil liberties and human rights across the globe instituted the Gandhi Mandela Awards during the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi to celebrate those who have carried forward the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. International Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev is the Patron of the Foundation while the Chairman of the Foundation is India’s Hindu Spiritual leader Swami Avdheshanand Giri ji Maharaj.
The Jury committee of Gandhi Mandela Foundation includes Chairman Justice K.G. Balakrishna (Former Chief Justice of India & Former Chairman HHRC India), Vice Chairman Justice Dipak Misra (Former Chief Justice of India), Justice Gyan Sudha Misra (Former Judge Supreme Court of India), Justice Kedarnath Upadhyay (Former Chief Justice of Nepal & Former Chairman, NHRC Nepal) and Justice Tafazzul Islam (Former Chief Justice of Bangladesh).