Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said the historic 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is quite different from that of other great leaders of the world.
“This 7th March Speech is one of the best speeches in the world, which is quite exceptional and different from that of any great world leaders,” she said while addressing a seminar on the historic 7th March Speech in the city.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust Fund arranged the seminar titled ‘Historic 7th March Speech and Bangabandhu’s Political Wisdom’ at Bangladesh Krishibid Institution Auditorium.
Loving people and sacrificing everything for them and enduring jail and repression, Bangabandhu in his 7th March Speech had given directives for what was necessary for liberating the country, Hasina said. “It’s incomparable…it’s our invaluable treasure.”
Mentioning that the playing of the speech had completely been prohibited for 21 years after 1975, the Prime Minister said a generation heard distorted and fabricated history during the period.
The speech was a full guideline for the Liberation War, and freedom fighters drew inspiration by listening to it during the nine months of war, Hasina, also the chairman of the memorial trust fund, added.
About the recognition of the 7th March Speech as a world documentary heritage by Unesco, Hasina said, “So, it’s not only a model for us, but also for all the countries of the world. It’s a source of inspiration for all people who are struggling for freedom.”
Mentioning that the 7th March Speech was lost after 1975, the Prime Minister said today the Bengali nation is proud as they got back their lost asset.
She said Bangabandhu could realised beforehand that Awami League would got majority in the 1970 election but the Pakistani rulers would not hand over the power to them. “So, he had preparation for the war. I myself was eyewitness to this.”
When Bangabandhu had been in jail for 14 months after the promulgation of the marshal law in 1958, he devised a plan on how to liberate Bangladesh, Hasina said.
At one stage in 1962, the Father of Nation went to Agartala for taking preparation, she said. “It’s a reality. But he returned home not getting response from Nehru who had been in power at that time.”
The Prime Minister said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman never uttered any word in advance rather prepared the whole nation gradually for the liberation fixing his goal. “Though he had not proclaimed the independence directly in his 7th March Speech, he indirectly had done it,” Bangabandhu’s daughter said.
Former Vice-chancellor of Chittagong University Prof Emeritus Dr Alamgir Mohammad Sirajuddin presented the keynote paper at the seminar while Associate Editor of English daily the Asian Age Syed Badrul Ahsan and Dhaka University Professor Dr Aksadul Alam addressed the seminar as discussants.
On October 30 last, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) recognised the Bangabandhu’s historic 7th March Speech as a world documentary heritage.unb