Bangabandhu’s powerful words resonated with the international community, shedding light on the horrors of the past and the hopes for a better future for his nation
For the seventh year in a row, the state of New York in the United States is set to honor ‘Bangladeshi Immigrant Day’ on 25th September 2023. The New York State Senate has recently passed a resolution in observance of the day on Saturday.
In a statement released in Dhaka, Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York State, has officially acknowledged the noteworthy contributions of Bangladesh Americans to the state.
State Secretary Alejandra Paulino recently shared a copy of the proclamation as part of this initiative.
Furthermore, Bishwajit Saha, the CEO, and Founder of the Muktadhara Foundation in New York remarked that this accomplishment further enhances the contributions of the Muktadhara Foundation. He also revealed plans for a colorful event on September 25th to mark the occasion.
Significance of celebrating Bangladeshi Immigrant Day:
In a landmark moment, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the revered leader and Father of the Nation of Bangladesh, made history by delivering a speech in Bengali during the 29th general assembly of the United Nations (UN) in New York on 25th September 1974.
The 1974 United Nations speech by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman holds immense historical significance, primarily due to two factors. Initially, it was presented in the Bengali language, and subsequently, it introduced novel concepts and strategies aimed at establishing a fearless new global order devoid of economic disparities, societal inequities, military hostilities, and the looming specter of nuclear conflict.
During his remarkable speech, he stated, “Nations that have achieved liberty through years of relentless struggles and unwavering sacrifices harbor an unbreakable resolve and a resilient mindset. Let it be known, distinguished Presidents, that my fellow Bengalis can bear hardships while remaining unyielding. In the face of the challenge to persevere, the determination of my people stands as my ultimate power”. (September 25, 1974)
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Bangabandhu’s speech marks the diplomatic efforts to gain global recognition as an independent nation. His powerful words resonated with the international community, shedding light on the horrors of the past and the hopes for a better future for his nation.
As a tribute to his speech on that day, upon the suggestion of CEO and Founder of Muktadhara Foundation, Bishwajit Saha, New York State Senator Stavisky introduced the resolution, which garnered consentient approval.
Back in 2016, Governor Andrew M Cuomo of New York enacted a bill to formally recognize the ‘Bangladeshi Immigrant Day’.
Contributions of Bangladeshi Americans in the United States:
Bangladeshi immigrants have established themselves as Bangladeshi Americans within the USA. Interestingly, this immigration trend dates back to the British colonial era. Notably, a significant portion, roughly two-thirds, of Bangladeshi immigrants have chosen to reside in New York City.
In 2015, there were 188,000 individuals of Bangladeshi descent in the United States. Subsequently, over the next four years, this growth occurred at a relatively slower pace. According to the most recent 2019 statistics, the tally has risen to 208,000.
Numerous individuals with Bangladeshi heritage in the United States are actively making significant contributions across diverse domains. Among them are Bangladeshi entrepreneurs, government officials, intellectuals, diplomats, media professionals, diplomats, journalists, and members of other professions. They collectively enhance the United States through their distinct roles and positions.
Moreover, a multitude of entrepreneurs have played a substantial role in enhancing the US economy with their pioneering endeavors. Additionally, a noteworthy proportion of these individuals are actively engaged in teaching at various educational institutions.
In addition, the continuous contributions of Bangladeshi immigrants to the literary world can’t be ignored. Also, the importance of various professions can’t be underestimated, including those of Bangladeshi immigrants.
Brooklyn and Queens, New York, are witnessing a progressive rise in the number of Bangladeshi Americans. A substantial portion of the Bangladeshi community owns pharmaceutical farms in New York, wherein they prioritize hiring individuals from Bangladesh. Within the hub of Hillside Avenue and spanning 169 Street, several Bangladeshi grocery shops and restaurants are seen.
In conclusion, the presence of immigrants from Bangladesh and their subsequent generations has contributed to the formation of the Bangladeshi diaspora in New York City. A visit to this location might lead to envisioning a small piece of Bangladesh embedded within the bustling expanse of New York.