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Monday, August 23, 1999 Published at 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK


World: South Asia

Bangladesh angry over Time report

Leaving Sheikh Mujibur Rahman out was "a serious error"

The Bangladesh Government says it will make a formal complaint over what it says is a "serious mistake" by the American news magazine, Time.

In its Asian edition, Time published a list of "Asians of the Century" - but left out Bangladesh's founding father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.


[ image: The offending article]
The offending article
"If one evaluates the history of this century objectively, it is impossible not to include him," said the Foreign Affairs Minister, Abul Hasan Chowdhury.

Sheikh Mujibur - known as "Bangabandhu" - led Bangladesh to its independence from Pakistan in 1971.

He and 15 other members of his family were killed in coup in August 1975.

In an official Bangladeshi profile, he is described as "the most astonishing and much talked-about leader in South-east Asia".


[ image: Gandhi: Father of non-violent protest]
Gandhi: Father of non-violent protest
The article describes Sheikh Mujibur's speech calling for independence in March 1971 as "more like a sacred hymn than a speech spell binding two million people".

The Time article includes a wide range of personalities from across Asia.

It includes nationalist and pro-independence leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Jawarhalal Nehru of India, Mohammed Ali Jinnah of Pakistan and Aung San of Burma, the father the current opposition leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi.


[ image: Emperor Hirohito: Among the more controversial names]
Emperor Hirohito: Among the more controversial names
More controversially - especially for American readers - the article includes figures such as Emperor Hirohito of Japan, Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam and Pol Pot of Cambodia.

It also embraces literary figures such as the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore and more recent political personalities, including ex-President Corazon Aquino of the Philippines.



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