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Soon after the completion of ''
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'' poll in 2002, the
BBC The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a public service broadcaster, headquartered at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London. It is the world's oldest national broadcaster, and the largest broadcasting, broadcaster in the world by ...

BBC
organized a similar opinion poll to find the greatest
Bengali Bengali or Bengalee, or Bengalese may refer to: *something of, from, or related to Bengal, a large region in South Asia * Bengalis, an ethnic and linguistic group of the region * Bengali language, the language they speak ** Bengali alphabet, the wr ...
personality in the history of the Bengali nation. In 2004, the BBC's Bengali Service conducted the opinion poll, titled ''Greatest Bengali of All Time'', which ran from February 11 to March 22. Bengalis around the world participated in the poll, including those from
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Bangladesh
,
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India
(states of
West Bengal West Bengal (, Bengali Bengali or Bengalee, or Bengalese may refer to: *something of, from, or related to Bengal, a large region in South Asia * Bengalis, an ethnic and linguistic group of the region * Bengali language, the language they sp ...

West Bengal
,
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Tripura
,
Orissa Odisha (English: , ), formerly Orissa (), is an States and union territories of India, Indian state located in East India, Eastern India. It is the List of states and union territories of India by area, 8th largest state by area, and the Lis ...

Orissa
, and
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Assam
), and overseas Bengali communities. No individual from the
Bengal Sultanate The Sultanate of Bengal ( bn, শাহী বাঙ্গালা, fa, شاهی بنگاله ''Shāhī Bangālah''), also known as the Bengal Sultanate or simply Bengal ( fa, بنگاله ''Bangālah'', bn, বাংলা, Bangla), was an e ...

Bengal Sultanate
and
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Mughal Bengal
was nominated. A total of 140 nominations were produced from the poll. The
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BBC
started to announce the top 20 names from 26 March declaring one name each day starting from 20th position. On the final day, 14 April, which was also the
Pahela Baishakh Pahela Baishakh ( bn, পহেলা বৈশাখ, Pahela Boishakh) or Poila Baishak is the first day of the Bengali calendar The Bengali Calendar or Bangla Calendar ( bn, বঙ্গাব্দ , , Baṅgābda) is a luni-solar calen ...

Pahela Baishakh
(Bengali New Year's Day), the BBC announced
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ( bn, শেখ মুজিবুর রহমান; 17 March 1920 – 15 August 1975), often shortened as Sheikh Mujib or Mujib, was a Bangladeshi politician, statesman and Founding Father The following li ...

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
, the founding father of Bangladesh, as the ''Greatest Bengali of All Time'', as voted by Bengalis worldwide.


Methodology

Describing the process of voting, BBC's Bengali Service stated that to avoid any flaw or controversy, they followed the most modern method of
opinion poll An opinion poll, often simply referred to as a poll or a survey, is a survey (human research), human research survey of public opinion from a particular sampling (statistics), sample. Opinion polls are usually designed to represent the opinions o ...
ing. Participants were asked to nominate their five choices of greatest Bengali on the order of preference instead of one. The top nominee of each voter was given five points, second nominee four points, thus eventually the fifth nominee got one point. On the basis of total points, the final list of the greatest Bengali poll was generated.


Observations

BBC informed that
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ( bn, শেখ মুজিবুর রহমান; 17 March 1920 – 15 August 1975), often shortened as Sheikh Mujib or Mujib, was a Bangladeshi politician, statesman and Founding Father The following li ...

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
bagged almost double points than the second place holder
Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore (; born Rabindranath Thakur, 7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941; sobriquet Gurudev, Kobiguru, Biswakobi) was an Indian people, Indian polymath—poet, writer, playwright, composer, philosopher, social reformer and painte ...

Rabindranath Tagore
, while Tagore himself secured double points than
Kazi Nazrul Islam Kazi Nazrul Islam ( bn, কাজী নজরুল ইসলাম, , 24 May 189929 August 1976) was a Bengalis, Bengali Bengali poetry, poet, Bengali literature, writer, Music of Bengal, musician, and the national poet of Bangladesh. Popularly ...
and Nazrul got double than A. K. Fazlul Huq. The other 17 personalities however had narrow differences of points with each other. Along with highest six politicians, the list also contains several authors and social reformers. Also two religious preachers, one scientist and one economist got place in the final list.
Begum Rokeya Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain") is the commonly used spelling of Rokeya's full married name, Rokeya herself is never seen to use her full married name in this English spelling. In much of her correspondence in English, she used just her initials: ...

Begum Rokeya
was the only woman and
Amartya Sen Amartya Kumar Sen (; born 3 November 1933) is an Indian economist and philosopher, who since 1972 has taught and worked in the United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom ( ...

Amartya Sen
only living personality to be voted in top 20.


Top 20 of the list


See also

*
The Greatest Indian ''The Greatest Indian'' was a poll sponsored by Reliance Mobile and conducted by ''Outlook'' magazine, in partnership with CNN-IBN CNN-News18 (originally CNN-IBN) is an Indian English-language news television channel founded by Rajdeep Sa ...


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Further reading

* {{Countries' greatest people TV series
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Bengali Bengali or Bengalee, or Bengalese may refer to: *something of, from, or related to Bengal, a large region in South Asia * Bengalis, an ethnic and linguistic group of the region * Bengali language, the language they speak ** Bengali alphabet, the wr ...
Bengali Bengali or Bengalee, or Bengalese may refer to: *something of, from, or related to Bengal, a large region in South Asia * Bengalis, an ethnic and linguistic group of the region * Bengali language, the language they speak ** Bengali alphabet, the wr ...