Portal:Bangladesh Liberation War/Selected biography
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Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
political leader in
and the founding leader of
. Heading the
, he served as the first
Prime Minister of Bangladesh
. An advocate of
, Mujib became popular for his leadership against the ethnic and institutional discrimination of Bengalis. At the heightening of sectional tensions, Mujib outlined a
6-point autonomy plan
which was seen as separatism in
. After talks broke down with President
and West Pakistani politician
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
, Mujib was arrested and a
erupted between government forces and Bengali nationalists.
Indian intervention in 1971
would lead to the establishment of Bangladesh, and after his release Mujib would assume office as provisional president, and later prime minister. Even as a constitution was adopted, proclaiming socialism and a secular democracy, Mujib struggled to address the challenges of intense poverty and unemployment. Amidst rising political turmoil, he banned other political parties and declared himself president in 1975. Mujib was
with his family by a group of army officers. (
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