Missions abroad mark March 7

Diplomatic Correspondent

8 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The historic 7th March was observed with patriotic zeal at Bangladesh missions abroad on Sunday, remembering Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s iconic speech that fired up the Bengali nation to fight and win the Independence of Bangladesh in 1971.

Messages received from different missions, including Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, London, Ottawa, Canberra, Kuala Lampur, Colombo, Bangladesh Embassy in Washington, DC, Beijing, Tokyo, Athens, Paris, Rome, Hague, Copenhagen, Seoul, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Riyadh, Addis Ababa, Doha, Cairo, Amman, Hanoi, Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, Consulate Generals of Bangladesh in New York and Kunming, Deputy High Commissions in Mumbai and Kolkata observed the historic 7th March on Sunday, remembering Bangabandhu’s iconic speech.

In observance of this historic day, the embassies and high commissions chalked out various programmes and screened a documentary on the 7th March in respective mission auditoriums. The messages of the President and the Prime Minister were read out.

To mark the day, the Bangladesh Permanent Missions also organised discussion and offered a special prayer, seeking eternal peace of departed 

souls of Bangabandhu and his family members who embraced martyrdom on August 15 in 1975, Liberation War and Language Movement martyrs and welfare for the country as well as the nation.

The missions placed wreaths at the portraits of Bangabandhu, observing solemn silence showing rich tributes to the Farther of the Nation. Leaders and representatives of different social, political, cultural professional organisations and number of expatriate Bangladeshis joined the programmes at their respective missions.

Besides an online discussion on “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman: His Life and Legacy” was co-organised by the Embassy and the Japan Bangladesh Society (JBS) commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic 7th March speech.

As part of the commemoration of the day, Bangladesh High Commission in Colombo hosted a webinar presided over by High Commissioner Tareq Md Ariful Islam. Eminent Sri Lankan scholar and Professor Emeritus of Colombo University Jaya Deva Uyangoda delivered the keynote speech. Among others, a young representative from Sri Lanka Sayuri Jayawardena and expatriate Bangladeshi Farzana Hoq spoke at the discussion segment. Renowned Sri Lankan journalist Rasooldeen also joined the webinar.

Bangladesh Consulate General in Kunming in China observed the day in a befitting manner. Consul General AFM Aminul Islam led the programmes of the day, which included hoisting of national flag, placing wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu, discussion meeting and special prayer. Bangladeshi students studying in Kunming attended the programmes.