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Nation to celebrate recognition of Bangabandhu's speech



The nation on Nov 25 will celebrate the recognition of the historic 7th March speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as a world documentary heritage.

The decision was taken at a meeting held at the Prime Minister's Office last week with PM's Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury in the chair, local  media reports said. Officials of different ministries, government divisions, civil society members and media people were present at the meeting.

To celebrate this great achievement, joyous processions involving the people of all classes and professions as well as government and private organisations will be staged across the country on Nov 25.

This programme has been taken to inform the people, particularly students and future generations, about the national and international significance of the Bangabandhu's March 7 speech.

The celebration won't be limited to as only a festival, it will be in fact as awareness build-up programme so that the students and next generation could be well-informed about the March 7 speech.

Cultural functions and concerts will be staged across the country to inform about the significance of the speech. The speech will be broadcast in various languages so that world people can know about it.

On Oct 30, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recognised the Bangabandhu's historic March 7 speech as part of world's documentary heritage. UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova announced the decision at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.

According to the decision, Bangabandhu's 7th March speech has been included in the Memory of the World International Register, a list of world's important documentary heritage maintained by the UNESCO.

The Memory of the World International Register is a list of documents having global significance. The objective of creating the International Register is to ensure preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world.

The International Advisory Committee (IAC) is responsible for recommending whether or not a document qualifies for inclusion in the Memory of the World International Register. 

The International Advisory Committee during its meeting from 24 to 27 Oct 2017 recommended the 7th March speech for inscription on the Memory of the World International Register. The Memory of the World Register now includes a total of 427 documents and collection from all continents.

The 7th March speech of Bangabandhu provided inspiration to the Bengali nation in their quest for freedom and emancipation. The speech also energised the entire nation and prepared the people for the liberation struggle. It also served as the ultimate source of inspiration for the countless freedom fighters who joined the Mukti Bahini.

Bangabandhu's speech is played throughout the country during various national occasions and continues to reverberate in hearts and minds of the Bengali people. This speech continues to enthrall people and will continue to inspire succeeding generations of this country.