Sculpture of Bangabandhu on the street of Ankara
Ankara, February 22:�A beautiful and charming road in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Its name is 'Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Road'. The bust of Bangabandhu standing with his head held high at the important corner of the road. Below there is the struggling biography of Bangabandhu engraved in Turkish on white stone. Anyone who is traveling on this important road is enjoying the beauty of the road just as his eyes are fixed on the sculpture of Bangabandhu.
Seeing this scene, many people stopped. Especially the Bengalis took pictures while standing next to the sculpture of Bangabandhu. Spend some time alone.
According to sources in Bangladesh Embassy in Turkey, the bust sculpture was erected by Ankara City Corporation on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of independence and the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through the efforts of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam.
It was created by the famous Turkish sculptor Mert Kilin. The bust sculpture was unveiled on December 13 last year. Now it is very well known in the city of Ankara. Especially among the expatriate Bangladeshis, the turn has come to be known as 'Bangabandhu Chattar'.
Earlier in 1997, Ankara City Corporation named this road after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. At the same time, the then Dhaka City Corporation named a road after Kamal Ataturk, the father of the Turkish nation, in Dhaka's Banani.
The Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Park was also inaugurated on December 13 last year in Casioran, a mountainous residential area of Ankara. Now the DNCC is preparing to change the name of Banani Park in Dhaka to Kamal Ataturk.
DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam said millions of tourists from all over the world visit Turkey every year. We proposed to Ankara City Corporation to set up a sculpture of Bangabandhu with the idea that they can find out about Bangabandhu by looking at sculptures, roads and parks. In return, they also showed interest in placing a sculpture of their father of the nation on Kamal Ataturk Road in Dhaka. Turkey also proposed for a park named after Kamal ataturk.
Mayor Atiq said, "The DNCC has reached an agreement with the Turkish government on this issue. In this way, I want to spread the sculpture of Bangabandhu in all the countries of the world. I want to inform the new generation about Bangladesh and Bangabandhu."