Timeline of few major events in Bangabandhu's life:

17 March 1920


Born in the village of Tungipara (now Upazila), the then Gopalganj sub-division of greater Faridpur district.



Elected as a counselor of the 'All India Muslim League'.



Played a crucial role in mitigating communal riot during 'Calcutta Killing'.

4 January 1948


Founded the 'East Pakistan Muslim Chhatro (Students) League'.

11 March 1948


Mujib was arrested for his leading role in demanding Bangla as the state language of Pakistan.

23 June 1949


Elected as the Joint Secretary of newly formed 'East Pakistan Awami Muslim League'.

16 February 1952


Hunger strikes from jail demanding Bangla as the state language of Pakistan.

10 March 1954


Elected as the Member of Parliament during the first national election of Pakistan and took oath as Minister for Agriculture and Forest in the new provincial government.



Elected as the General Secretary of the renamed party as 'Awami League'.

11 October 1958


After military take-over by general Ayub Khan, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was arrested.

5 February 1966


Announced historic six-point programme known as the 'Charter of Survival' of the Bangalees at a conference of opposition parties in Lahore.

18 March 1966


Elected as the President of 'Awami League'.

1968 - 22 February 1969


Arrested and tried in the 'State vs. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and others’, popularly known as 'Agartala Shorjontro Mamla' (Agartala Conspiracy Case).

23 February 1969


In a gathering of millions, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was given the cognomen 'Bangabandhu' (the Friend of Bengal).

7 December 1970


'Awami League' received a landslide victory in the general election.

7 March 1971


Aspirations of the Bangalis for freedom reached on indomitable height with the historic speech of Bangabandhu, that is now a part of UNESCO International Memory of the World Register.

26 March 1971


Just after the gruesome genocide by the occupational Pakistan Army on the fateful night of 25 March, Bangabandhu declared Independence of Bangladesh before his arrest by the Pakistani commandos and taken to Pakistan.

8 January 1972


Released from prison in Pakistan.

10 January 1972


Returned to independent Bangladesh and devoted all his efforts towards the reconstruction of the war-ravaged Bangladesh.



Bangabandhu was awarded Julio Curie Peace Prize for his Endeavour to promote global peace.

25 September 1974


Addressed General Assembly of the United Nations in Bangla as the first Bangali.

15 August 1975


Assassinated in his home in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, along with his family members except Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana by a handful of anti-liberation and renegade military officers.


When we had started in Mid-2012, it was almost barren. Not that we did not have green. But that the colors which define Bangladesh - Red - Blue - Green - Yellow - may be even White was not visible. It was bricks, mortar, and a lot of tiles - orange and grey. But we were audacious. Thanks to High Commissioner Tarik Karim and Naghma Karim - we practically had a free hand in turning our landscape into a flowerscape. 

The dry summer turned into an extra wet monsoon. And the winter was fizzy with swift turns of winds and temperature. Not to mention the hitherto unforeseen fog. It was the grey-est winter Delhi had seen over a couple of decades!

But then again, there we were. Determined to bring colors of Bangladesh to the sandstones of Delhi! 

A huge lot of infrastructure needed to be in place to begin with. Green-houses, seed-beds, sapling-trays and bulbs. And all that with the requirement of time to have the most soil and organic fertilizers to set in. We practically had one twelfth of the time required for a proper garden to set in! And we have a flower-carpet worth almost two acres!

Till January we did not have the blooms coming in. Bougenvillas and even roses and sunflowers were down. We felt like our efforts all went into oblivion. And we had no other option but to wait. 

Then, one fine morning .... just like a fairy tale ... it all started. First, the blues. Then, the yellows. And then the Reds! (That's how we call our flowers). Like the mythical Camelot - the Chancery blossomed into a myriad of colors! We shot into a head-on competition with nothing less than the best in Delhi! 

Sincere gratitude to High Commissioner Tarik Karim, his spouse Naghma Karim, Deputy High Commissioner Mahbub Saleh, the five gardeners (who worked with us virtually day and night and long into the weekends and whose profiles we will include in the flower-profile we are working on) and a comrade-in-arms, Prakash Thawani for the entire effort.

Here you are, friends and all, in the gardens that we have created for you all. This is little Bangladesh in Delhi! Come! And feel at home!


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