Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday (Mar 7) said Bangabandhu gave the main declaration of independence and encouraged the freedom-loving people to an armed war through the historic March 7 speech. Through the speech, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gave the main proclamation of independence and cut all relations with Pakistan, she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Chairperson of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust, was presiding over a seminar at Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh Auditorium, Dhaka in the afternoon. Through the speech, “Bangabandhu not only presented an independent country to the nation, he also told that what will be its future,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina urged all to take the country forward by following Bangabandhu’s directives and ideology.
The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust and the Bangabandhu Memorail Museum jointly organized the seminar titled ”March 7 speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman: Political Poet and Immortal Poem” on the occasion of the historic March 7.
University Grants Commission Chairman Professor Abdul Mannan presented the keynote paper, while Vice-Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University Prof Dr Farzana Islam, and Associate Professor of Dhaka University’s International Relations Department Dr Niloy Ranjan Biswash, and Chairperson of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum Painter Hashem Khan took part in the discussion on the keynote paper.
Member Secretary of the trust Sheikh Hafijur Rahman delivered the welcome address,while Chief Executive Officer of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum Mashura Hossain gave the vote of thanks, local media reported.
The PM said through the March 7 speech, the Father of the Nation gave all directives to the nation. “He also outlined what Bangalees will have to do,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu feared that after the speech he may not remain alive and be killed as the Pakistanis made such ill attempts many times.
“That’s why Bangabandhu left making all arrangements for war and I’m its silent witness,” she said.
The premier said there is no other speech in the world which the people heard years after years. “Forty-eight years have passed (since the delivering of speech), but the appeal of the address is still immense, and the people are inspired with it,” she said.
Talking about UNESCO’s recognition to the historic 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu as the world’s documentary heritage, the PM said the speech has been placed in an UN body as an invaluable document of the human civilization.
The UGC Chairman said, “Bangabandhu had said he wants independence, not the prime ministership, and he turned the unarmed nation into an armed one.”