A rare and unique poster created as an affectionate tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Father of the Nation, will be reverently hung in a Gazipur teashop for all locals, to read, learn, and appreciate – especially school children.
The colourful poster that encapsulates the historic March 7 speech and is entitled “the speech that gave birth to a nation” is seen by many to be the unofficial Proclamation of Independence of Bangladesh. It is the brainchild and original design of ‘Bangladesh foreign friend’ Sir Frank Peters; and has won many hearts and much admiration worldwide since first published in 2004.
The coveted limited edition poster (of which only 100 hundred were printed) hangs in offices and homes of European royalty and leading politicians in America, Ireland, England, Canada, Spain and India. It also hangs in the home of Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina and displayed in her office, the Bangabandhu Museum, and the Awami League Headquarters.
Rajowl Karim, owner of Rajowl’s Café in Haydarabad, said: “It’s a great honour for me and Haydarabad to have one of these rare and truly precious posters on display for the benefit of all. There’s no doubt in my mind that if Bangabandu were alive today Bangladesh would be a giant among nations now and I’m hoping on day it will be,” he said.
Sir Frank said the poster was presented to Rajowl for ‘his service to the nation and children especially’. It was in Haydarabad that Rajowl and his friend Oli Ullah prompted Sir Frank’s historic anti corporal punishment in schools campaign that triggered the national ban in 2011 and has since greatly reduced the cruelty, pain and suffering of children throughout Bangladesh.