Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the recognition of the historic 7th March speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by Unesco is the revenge of history against those who had tried to erase the name of Bangabandhu and his contributions from Bangladesh history.
"History takes its revenge, history always upholds the truth, history will make his (Bangabandhu’s) place defying all those who try to erase that. Today, Bangladesh has got that recognition," she said.
The Prime Minister said on Saturdaythis while addressing a grand rally organised to celebrate the recognition of the historic 7th March speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as a world documentary heritage.
Nagorik Committee organised the rally at historical Suhrawardy Udyan with Professor Emeritus Dr Anisuzzaman in the chair.
Sheikh Hasina said the recognition of Unesco does not bring honour only for the historic speech, but also for the whole country, Bengalee nation, all the martyrs and Freedom Fighters, and the pro-liberation forces. "All have been honoured with the recognition of this historical speech."
Eminent educationist and Nazrul researcher Prog Rafiqul Islam, eminent educationist and popular novelist Prof Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, eminent journalist and editor of Samakl newspaper Golam Sarwar and eminent educationist Shyamoli Nasrin Chowdhury also spoke at the programme.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor recited a poem of legendary litterateur Syed Shamsul Huq while eminent poet Nirmelandu Goon recited his own famous poem 'Jevabe Swadhinata Shobdo Ti Amader'.
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Kader read out the 'Letter of Thanks' to Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Irina Bokova. It was handed over to the country director of Unesco to send it to the DG.
The programme started with the playing of the national anthem followed by observing a one-minute silence to show respect to all martyrs.
People from all walks of life, including AL leaders and activists, thronged at the venue in processions with banners, festoons, placards, caps and other materials. They were chanting slogans 'Joy Bangla' and 'Joy Bangabandhu'.
The stage was designed as a boat, the election symbol of ruling Awami League.
The 7th March speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was being played on loudspeaker well before the start of the programme.
On October 30, UNESCO recognised the Bangabandhu's historic March 7 speech as part of the 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 the world's important documentary heritage maintained by Unesco.