Sheikh Kamal

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Sheikh Kamal
Native name শেখ কামাল
Born (1949-08-05)5 August 1949
Died 15 August 1975(1975-08-15) (aged 26)
Alma mater Dhaka College
Spouse(s) Sultana Khuki (m. 1974)
Parent(s) Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib
Relatives Sheikh Hasina, Sheikh Rehana

Sheikh Kamal (August 5, 1949 – August 15, 1975) was the eldest son of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, former President of Bangladesh.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Kamal completed his matriculation from Shaheen School, Dhaka in 1967 and Higher Secondary Certificate Examination from Dhaka College in 1969. He was the General Secretary of the Chatro League in Dhaka College. He practiced sitar at Chhayanaut, a school of music. At the same time, he was involved in diverse cultural activities and a keen sportsman. Kamal was an organizer of the Mukti Bahini guerrilla struggle in 1971. Kamal received wartime commission in Bangladesh Army during the Liberation War of Bangladesh.

Kamal worked as the ADC of General Osmani the Commander-in-Chief of the Mukti Bahini, during the Liberation War of Bangladesh. After independence, he left the military to return to Dhaka University from where he graduated with Honours in sociology. Days before his tragic demise on August 15, 1975 Kamal completed his master's degree in sociology from Dhaka University .[citation needed] On July 14, 1975, he married an athlete, Sultana Khuki, who was the first female blue of Dhaka University.[1] He was perceived to be the successor to Sheikh Mujib.[2]

Kamal, an avid sportsman, founded the Abahani in 1972,[1] a popular sporting club of Bangladesh. He enjoyed cricket, volleyball, and other sports. Abahani went on to win many local championships.[1]

Death[edit]

Kamal was killed with the rest of his family on August 15, 1975.[3]

Legacy[edit]

Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh was named after him.[4] Shaheed Sheikh Kamal Bridge on the Andharmanik River in also named after him.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hoque, Shishir. "'Before going to Germany on July 31, 1975, I asked Sheikh Kamal - what do you need? In reply, he requested that I bring Adidas boots for his players at Abahani'". dhakatribune.com. Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Bangladesh Country Study Guide Strategic Information and Developments. Intl Business Pubns USA. 2012. p. 121. ISBN 1438773897. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Mahbub, Sumon. "Bangladesh plunges into mourning Bangabandhu on his 40th death anniversary". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "NZ's Under-19 Cricket World Cup ends after Afghanistan put them in a spin". stuff.co.nz. Fairfax New Zealand Limited. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Hossain, Sohrab. "Two bridges on Patuakhali- Kuakata road await opening". thedailystar.net. The Daily Star. Retrieved 10 February 2016.