Dhaka, Mar 09: Terming the historic March 7 speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as incomparable, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said his speech is a source of inspiration for all freedom-loving people of the globe.“Now today, the whole of the Bangali nation is proud of it. I’ll say we’ve got our ‘harano manik’ (lost jewel) … this speech was lost for long 21 years after 1975 and ill attempts were made to erase it,” she told a seminar as the chief guest.
She added: “Not only for us, all countries of the world can follow this historic speech as it’s a source of inspiration for all freedom loving people of the globe.”
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust organised the seminar titled “Historic 7 March Speech and Political Wisdom of Bangabandhu” in the auditorium of Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh here on Friday afternoon.
Professor Emeritus Dr Alamgir Mohammad Sirajuddin made the keynote presentation while Associate Editor of the Asian Age Syed Badrul Ahsan and Dhaka University Professor Dr Aksadul Alam took part in the discussion on the keynote presentation.
Memorial Trust member Secretary Sheikh Hafizur Rahman gave the welcome address while CEO of the Trust Mashura Hossain gave the vote of thanks.
The premier said no nation in the world except the Bengalis could unleash such noncooperation movement under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for long 23 years.
She said during the struggle for independence and the War of Liberation, the opposites were the Albadars, Razakars and the anti-liberation forces.
“They grabbed power after the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975 and halted the pace of development and thus distorted history,” she said.
But, now today, she said, this historic 7 March Speech of Bangabandhu has made its place into the World Documentary Heritage by the Unesco and it is also one of the greatest speeches of all times.
“This speech is different and unique from the speech of others and there is no comparison to it and it’s an incomparable speech. We’ve got a priceless asset. After 1975, this speech was forbidden for long 21 years and an entire generation couldn’t know about it as it was distorted,” she added.
Sheikh Hasina said this speech had a full directive for turning an noncooperation movement into an armed revolution while this speech had also inspired the people of the country including the freedom fighters during the nine months of the bloody War of Liberation.
Referring to the ongoing trial of war criminals and the execution of trial of the Bangabandhu killers, the prime minister said her government would continue to work for economic emancipation of the country’s people as it was also indicated in that historic speech.
“We’re moving ahead and will continue to move ahead Insha Allah …. we’ll build ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by the Father of the Nation,” she asserted.