DHAKA, March 7, 2019 : Describing the March 7, 1971 speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as one of the best speeches in the world, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “The speech is still an inspiration for the freedom-loving people.”
“Every word, every sentence of the speech inspires us afresh— the March 7, 1971 speech of Father of the Nation is a never ending appeal. The speech will give inspiration to the freedom loving people across the globe,” she said at a discussion organized by Bangladesh Awami League on the occasion of March 7 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre here.
“People who have already achieved freedom can also get inspiration from the speech to make themselves patriot, ideal in politics and to get prepared for making the highest sacrifice for the country,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina, elder daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said, “The historic March 7, 1971 speech is not a mere one. Through this speech, he (Bangabandhu) gave the formula of a guerrilla war and the framework of future Bangladesh—.”
“He (Bangabandhu) gave the speech on his own. There were no notes on his hands. Putting out his eyeglasses, he had started delivering the speech before hundreds of people who came from across the country to hear the speech,” she said.
Recalling her mother Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa’s role in this respect, the premier said, “Many people would say many things—no need to hear anything from anyone. You would speak whatever comes to your mind and that would be the truth for the countrymen.”
Among other, AL Presidium Member and the Deputy Leader of the House Sajeda Chowdhury, Advisory Council Members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Presidium Members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Mohammad Nasim, Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Science and Technology Minister Yafes Osman, freedom fighter Sazzad Zahir, AL Joint General Secretary Abdur Rahman, and Organising Secretary Bahauddin Nasim, also spoke on the occasion.
Information Minister and also the Publicity and Publication Secretary of Awami League Dr Hasan Mahmud with the help of its Deputy Publicity and Publication Secretary Aminul Islam moderated the discussion.
“The March 7 speech served as the immense source of inspiration for freedom fighters as it had been played countless times at every nook and corner of the country as ‘fiery voice’ (Bojro Kontho) during the Liberation War,” she apprised.
Each of the words and sentences of the March 7 speech carries significance, she said, adding that she found each of the sentences of the speech as quotations when she was asked to find quotations from the historic speech. “I have found 41 quotations from the speech,” she added.
Referring to imposition of a ban on the playing of the speech for 21 years, Sheikh Hasina said Yahiya Khan had been compelled to play the March 7 speech on radio on March 8, 1971, the next day after delivering the speech, due to mass upsurge. But, Ziaur Rahman had banned playing of the speech after assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman toeing the Pakistani junta’s disliking for the speech.
“But, they had failed to bar Awami League leaders and workers from playing the March 7 speech. And for this reason, many of the leaders and activists of the party had been killed and tortured,” she regretted.
She said the post-1975 governments had not only banned the March 7 speech, but also banned the portrait of Bangabandhu alongside ‘Joy Bangla’ slogan.
She said no other speeches in the world had been played so many times likewise the March 7 speech.
Those who will run Bangladesh in future will also stand inspired by the Bangabandhu’s historic speech as it will inspire countless generations of Bangalees to face all odds and hold their heads high in the world, she mentioned.
Describing Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech as one of the best speeches in the world, she said, “Leaders of many countries had delivered speeches and research had been conducted on those speeches for the last two thousand and five hundred years. Of those speeches, the March 7 speech stood as the best.”
The United Nations (UN) recognized the March 7, 1971 speech and included it in the Memory of the World International Register, a list of world’s important documentary heritage maintained by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), she rejoiced.
“Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman might be the world’s only leader who transformed a non-cooperation movement into a war of independence by uniting all the people of the country,” she said.
“In the history of the globe, many world leaders triggered non-cooperation movements. But none of them could lead the movements towards successful ends excepting the Father of the Nation,” she continued.
The premier asked the leaders and activists of the Awami League to read “Atmojiboni” (“The Unfinished Memoirs”) and “Karagarer Rojnamcha” (“Diary in Jail”), written by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and “Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman” to know the real history of the Liberation War.
“Fourteen editions of the book on “Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman” will be published. Two of the 14 editions have already been published,” she informed.