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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Biography

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the eldest of the five children of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnesa.  She was born on 26 September 1947 in Tungipara of Gopalganj district. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana survived the horrific night of August 15 by staying in Germany.  He later moved to the United Kingdom and began a movement against dictatorship in the 1980s.

In her absence, Sheikh Hasina was elected unopposed as the President of Bangladesh Awami League in 1981.  He was then forced to live in exile in New Delhi.  He returned home on May 17, 1971, after ending six years of exile.

Sheikh Hasina Biography

Sheikh Hasina Born September 28, 1947, from Tungipara
Spouse Name  M. A. Wazed Miah  1967–2009
Party  Awami League
Education University of Dhaka & Eden Mohila College
Children Children Sajeeb Wazed, Saima Wazed
Awards Indira Gandhi Prize, Glamour Award The Chosen Ones

Sheikh Hasina graduated from Dhaka University

Sheikh Hasina completes her graduation from Dhaka University in 1973. She was elected vice-president of the student union of the Government Higher Secondary Women’s College.  He was a member of the Dhaka University student League and elected general secretary of the Rokeya Hall branch.  From her student days, Sheikh Hasina actively participated in all mass movements.  In the 1986 parliamentary elections, Sheikh was elected Member of Parliament from three constituencies and was the Leader of the Opposition.  He led the historic mass movement of 1990 and proclaimed the constitutional formula for the peaceful transfer of power by Articles 51 and 57 of the Constitution.

Sheikh Hasina Opposition Leader 1991 Election

Bangladesh 1991 elections, Sheikh Hasina became the Leader of the Opposition in the Fifth Parliament of the country.  He led all parties in parliament to change from a presidential system of government to a prime ministerial one.  Sheikh Hasina started a strong movement in 1994 -1 996 for a non-partisan caretaker government to ensure free and fair elections.

As a result of his movement, the provision of a non-partisan caretaker government was added to our constitution.  The Bangladesh Awami League emerged as the majority party on June 12, 1996, in parliamentary elections under a non-partisan caretaker government.  After the election, on 23 June 1996, he became the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

During her tenure as Prime Minister from 1996-2001, Sheikh Hasina undertook many new and practical programs for the welfare of farmers and the destitute, landless, and poverty-stricken farmers.  These include allowances for the destitute and widows, allowances for the disabled and freedom fighters, the establishment of shelters for the elderly, the implementation of a shelter project to provide shelter to the homeless, the implementation of a house, a farm project, and the establishment of an ideal village.

Sheikh Hasina Bangladesh First Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina was the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh to hand over power to a caretaker government after a five-year term.  Awami League President Sheikh Hasina stood by her party leaders and workers and the common people who were massacred, tortured, and oppressed after the 2001 general elections.  He built a strong public opinion against terrorism and in favour of peace.

He has come back from the brink of death several times in his life.  The deadliest was on August 21, 2004, when more than a dozen high-tech grenades were hurled at his rally on Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka.  The attack killed 22 members of his party and wounded more than 500 others.  Sheikh Hasina herself was severely injured in the attack.  On July 17, 2008, Sheikh Hasina was arrested and imprisoned on false and fabricated charges.  In the face of strong public opinion at home and abroad, the authorities were forced to release Sheikh Hasina from captivity on July 11, 2007, almost a year later.

During his reign in 1996-2001, his visionary foreign policy and successful participation in various international forums brightened the image of our country abroad.  Sheikh Hasina, the ambassador for peace, played a commendable role in defusing tensions between India and Pakistan after the 1998 nuclear test.  He travelled to both India and Pakistan and was able to calm the explosive situation between the two neighbouring countries.  As a result, the image of Bangladesh is bright.  Under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh became the first country in South Asia to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Sheikh Hasina Twitter Profile 

Bangladesh Prime Minister Official Website

Sheikh Hasina Degree and Awards

Sheikh Hasina has been awarded numerous prizes, including the honorary Doctor of Laws degree, for her outstanding role in social work, peace, and stability.

  • February 8, 1997, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws by Boston University in the United States.  On July 4, 1997, Waseda University in Japan awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.
  • 25 October 1996, Sheikh Hasina was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Aberdeen, Dundee Liberal Arts, UK.
  • Visva-Bharati University of West Bengal, India conferred the honorary degree of Desikottama (Doctor of Literature) on Sheikh Hasina on 26 January 1999.

He was awarded the honorary Doctor of Laws degree on 20 October 1999 by the Australian National University for his outstanding contribution to peace and democracy.

  • Sheikh Hasina was awarded an honorary doctorate on February 4, 2000, by the world-renowned Catholic University of Brussels for her important role in establishing democracy and peace and in defending human rights.
  • On September 5, 2000, the University of Bridgeport in the United States conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Human Letters on Sheikh Hasina.
  • In December 1999, the University of Dhaka conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws on Sheikh Hasina.
  • On 14 March 2001, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Science on Sheikh Hasina for her outstanding contribution in the field of agriculture.
  • Sheikh Hasina was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science in 2005 by the People’s University of Russia.

Sheikh Hasina was awarded a doctorate by the State University of Petersburg, Russia on November 24, 2010, for her outstanding contribution to international humanitarian development.

Sheikh Hasina was awarded a diploma and a medal on May 25, 2011, for strengthening and institutionalizing the democratic process and for women’s empowerment.

In recognition of her multicultural democracy and peace in Bangladesh and recognition of her statesmanship and visionary leadership, the University of Tripura in the state of India conferred the honorary DT degree on Sheikh Hasina on 12 January 2012.

Sheikh Hasina UNESCO Awards

  1. Sheikh Hasina was awarded the UNESCO Hofo-Boni Peace Prize in 1997 for her outstanding role in bringing peace through the signing of the Hill Tracts Peace Accord by ending 25 years of ethnic conflict in the CHT through her political courage and wisdom.
  2. In recognition of her foresight, courage, and achievements in the political, economic, and humanitarian fields, Sheikh Hasina was awarded the prestigious Pearl S. Buck Award-1999 on April 9, 2000, by Randolph Women’s College, USA.
  3. In recognition of her struggle against hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) awarded Sheikh Hasina the prestigious Ceres Medal on August 2, 1999.  The All India Peace Council awarded Sheikh Hasina the “Mother Teresa Medal” in 1997.

The MKM Gandhi Award-1997 was given to Sheikh Hasina by the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation of Oslo, Norway for her contribution to the development of communal harmony, non-violent religious harmony, and grassroots democracy in Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina was declared a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  He was awarded the Medal of Distinction in 1998-96 and 1998-99 and the Head of State Medal in 1996-97 by the International Association of Lions Clubs.

Indira Gandhi Peace medel

Sheikh Hasina was awarded the prestigious Indira Gandhi Peace Medal in 2009.  The Association (Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization) awarded the IT Award-2010 for advancing the ICT sector in Bangladesh.  Sheikh Hasina presented the Global Diversity Award on January 26, 2011, from the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Barco.

  • On September 19, 2011, Sheikh Hasina received the South-South Award from the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and South-South News for their innovative use of information and communication technology to improve women’s and children’s health.
  • On 30 December 2011, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was awarded the Bangla Academy Fellowship.

Sheikh Hasina has written several books.  Notable among them is “Why are they talking?”, “Birth of dictatorship in Bangladesh”, “Poverty alleviation, some ideas”, “My dream, my struggle”, “We have come to speak for the people”, “Militarism versus democracy”.

He has performed the holy Hajj and Umrah several times.  He is the President of the “Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust”.  He believes in democracy, secularism, overall growth and progress, and is committed to poverty alleviation.  He has a special interest in technology, cooking, music, and reading books.  Her husband, an internationally renowned nuclear scientist.  M Wazed Mia passed away on 9 May 2009.  Sajib Wazed, the eldest son of Sheikh Hasina, is an IT expert.  His only daughter Saima Hossain Wazed is a psychologist and she works in the development of autistic children.  Sheikh Hasina has five grandchildren.

Sheikh Hasina Own Books

Sheikh Hasina has written several books. Notable among them is

  1. Why are they talking
  2. Birth of dictatorship in Bangladesh
  3. Poverty alleviation, some ideas
  4. My dream, my struggle
  5. We have come to speak for the people
  6. Militarism versus democracy

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