Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s grandson Radwan Mujib Siddiq, credited with connecting young change makers through Young Bangla platform, turned 42 on Saturday (May 21).
The son of Bangabandhu’s younger daughter Sheikh Rehana received an overwhelming volume of wishes from ministers, politicians and entrepreneurs on social media. The not for profit the Centre for Research & Information (CRI) and its youth secretariat Young Bangla, where he had initiated an array of projects to enhance innovation and networking of youths.
Born on May 21, 1980, Radwan is the eldest among three siblings of Sheikh Rehana and Dr Shafique Ahmed Siddiq. His father Dr Shafique teaches at globally renowned universities.
A London School of Economics graduate in political science, he later completed his post-graduation in Comparative Politics. He currently edits the country’s first policy-based magazine WhiteBoard.
His works mainly revolve around empowering youths, who account for a staggering one-third of the country’s population. Commonly known as a ‘mentor’ among youths, Radwan advocates for youth engagement in every sector, urging everyone to entrust youths with more leadership roles.
Radwan is acclaimed for reviving youth’s interest in the history through a spectrum of creative initiatives including Joy Bangla Youth Award (named after the historic wartime slogan Joy Bangla’), Joy Bangla concert, Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale, and Mujib Graphic Novel.
In his interaction with youths, he shares the bitter experiences he came across in the post-1975 Bangladesh where military dictators attempted to wipe out the history of the father of the nation.
Radwan talked about Sheikh Hasina’s future role in Bangladeshi politics in a scathing critique of the interim government’s democratic credentials in an interview with British broadcaster David Frost’s “Frost over the World” show on Al Jazeera during the 2007-08 military-backed caretaker government.
On the occasion of his 42nd birthday, CRI’s Facebook page posted, “A very happy birthday to our honorable trustee Radwan Mujib Siddiq. We wish you good health and happiness.”
“Wishing a very happy birthday to our mentor and CRI trustee Radwan Mujib Siddiq. Young Bangla appreciates your guidance and relentless efforts towards youth development,” wrote the page of Young Bangla.