The Bangabhaban is the office-cum-residence of honourable President of Bangladesh, the Head of State, and it is situated in Dilkhusha area of central Dhaka. A book has been published to commemorate the 100 years of Bangabhaban (1905-2005), a key institution through which recent history of Bangladesh has largely been shaped. It is a scholarly research work based on contemporary historical sources, and is a major step towards writing institutional history of the region.                                                                                                         

The book focuses on the development and history of the growth of this prestigious institution and for that matter Bangladesh in 3 distinct - British, Pakistan and Bangladesh - phases. It has nine illustrious chapters with an additional note on Toshakhana - where gifts and valuables are kept. It included historically significant and rare photos, and portraits of eminent personalities, who have contributed greatly in the nation building, and made their mark to enrich our society.

Unlike many other government publications, which usually are full of party political propaganda and often exaggerated achievements of the government (of the day), I found the book Hundred Years of Bangabhaban a balanced and unbiased chronicle of our treasured past.

See full report and selection of some photos as attached/linked.


Helal Morshedi, Sydney, July 2007


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