Bangladesh is marking its 50th anniversary in 2021. The Outreach team at The National Archives is looking at developing resources with education colleagues that will help improve understanding and access to our rich collection of records relating to the recognition of Bangladesh as an independent country. The blog post below is a first step in that direction.
Before returning home to take up his new role, Mujibur Rehman, the first leader of Bangladesh, visited Britain after being detained in Pakistan. It is recorded in one of our files from January 1972 that he said to the British Prime Minister, Edward Heath, that there was no question of a formal link between Bangladesh and West Pakistan. But the file also said that he did not show rancour and asked for good relations between the two, and then went on to say that ‘the partition should be in his words “a parting as of brothers”.’