On his 52nd birthday Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman desired the liberation of the nation. March 17, 1971 happened to be his birthday.
When people thronged to his residence to congratulate him he said" What is the significance of birth and death for the people of Bangladesh?" Later he told journalists that he was a Bengali and his life and death were dedicated to the cause of the people of Bangladesh.
He also told Western journalists when they asked him about it that day that he neither lit candles nor cut cakes on his birthday.
The news was published in almost all leading dailies of the time including Ittefaq, Purbadesh and Azad.
On the day, he met President Yahya Khan at the Ramna state guest house for a one-on-one meeting, closed door meeting.