Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said a vested quarter made hectic efforts to erase the 7th March speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from the history.
“Once, playing of Bangabandhu’s 7th March speech was forbidden in the country. Those, who were not born in the country, were behind the evil attempt to erase the historic speech,” she said.
The premier mentioned that UNESCO’s recognition of the 7th March speech suggests a revenge taken by the history against those who tried to erase Bangabandhu’s name.
“Evil attempts were made to erase the name of Bangabandhu from the history of Bangladesh through the 1975 carnage. But the attempts will never succeed,” she said.
Hasina, also the president of the ruling Awami League, came up with the remarks while addressing a huge civic rally at historic Suhrawardy Udyan arranged to celebrate UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s 7th March speech.
Without mentioning any name, she raised a question as to whether they (vested quarter) feel ashamed after the UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s 7th March speech.
Referring to the attempts to erase the name of Bangabandu from the history, the premier said history takes revenge on evil doers and gives a good lesson to them.
“Now the 7th March speech has got recognition. No speech of the world has been aired for such a long time. The spirit of the people aroused whenever attempts were made to erase it,” she added.
The premier said the nation could not learn the real history of the country’s independence for so many years due to the evil attempts of the vested quarter.
“They are the ghosts of Pakistan. You should remain alert so that they can’t get any chance to distort the history anymore,” she said, adding that people, including freedom fighters, have been honoured for the recognition of the 7th March speech.
Citizens Committee organised the rally on the UNESCO recognition of the historic speech of Bangabandhu as part of world’s documentary heritage.
Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur on March 7 in 1971 delivered the historic speech at Suhrawardy Udyan (then Racecourse Maidan)
Bangabandhu’s speech inspired the freedom-loving people to take arms and help free the country from the Pakistani rulers after a nine-month bloody war.
Thanking the UNESCO for its recognition, Hasina said Bangladesh has been placed at a respectable position on the globe due to the recognition of Bangabandhu’s speech.
“That’s why we are a proud nation. We have to go forward to keep our heads high. Bangladesh will remain in a respectable position, through which the nation will move forward,” she said.
Referring to the weather, she said, “Bangladesh has been overcast with clouds for a long time but the sun has risen. This sun will guide us to turn the country into a developed one.”Recalling the country’s post-75 situation, the premier said many AL activists had to face inhuman torture for playing historic 7th March speech of Bangabandhu.
“It is no way acceptable that we cannot tell the history of our Victory. Recognition of the 7th March speech suggests that history also takes revenge,” she said.
Hasina said the speeches of many statesmen across the world have got recognition, but their speeches were written. “But the speech of Bangabandhu was not written.”
The premier also praised highly the role of her mother Fazilatun Nessa Mujib who advised her father to deliver an extempore.
“My mother told my father that ‘you just deliver whatever comes from your mind. Because you know that what you have to deliver for the nation,” Hasina said.
Chanting the immortal slogans Joy Bangla, Joy Bangabandhu, people from all walks of life, including AL leaders and activists, thronged the venue in processions with banners, festoons, placards, caps and other materials.
The stage was designed like a boat, the election symbol of ruling party’ while the speech was being played on loudspeaker well before the start of the programme.
On October 30, UNESCO recognised Bangabandhu’s 7th March 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 the UNESCO.
Addressing the rally, Dhaka University professor emeritus Anisuzzaman said that Bangabandhu declared the war of independence through his historic March 7 speech.
“We started the preparation for taking part in the war of independence after the speech,” Anisuzzaman, who was in the chair, said.
He also urged the government to translate Bangabandhu’s speech into different languages so that repressive people of the world can get inspirations from the speech.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader read out the thanksgiving letter as the UNESCO authorities recognised the speech.
He also handed over the citation paper to the Bangladesh representative of the UNESCO secretary general.
Nazrul researcher Rafiqul Islam said after the assassination of Bangabandhu on August 15, the history was started distorting.
Samakal Editor Galam Sarwar said the March 7 speech has turned into an epic of politics.
Educationist Mohammad Zafar Iqbal said, “It is our duty to implement the dreams of Bangabandu Sheikh Mujib.”
He called on the young generation to study the actual history of the war of independence.
The UNESCO country director in Bangladesh Beatraice Kaldun said the speech of Mujib was the turning point of the Liberation war of Bangladesh.
Educationist Shamoli Nasreen Chowdhury said Sheikh Mujib mentioned the rights of the repressive people through his March 7 speech.
Poet Nrmaledu Goon recited one of his poems on March 7 while cultural minister Asaduzzaman Noor recited a poem of Syed Shamsul Haque at the programme.