President’s Message on the occasion of the historic 7 March

    Brinda Chowdhury
    March 6, 2021 11:49 pm
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    President Md. Abdul Hamid has given the following message on the occasion of the historic 7 March :

    The historic 7 March is a memorable day in the history of Bangalee’s liberation movement and independence. On this day in 1971, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered an ageless speech in a thunderous voice on the then Race Course Ground. The government has declared this day as the ‘Historic 7 March Day’ which is a landmark decision. On this day, I remember with deep respect Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the greatest Bangalee of all time, under whose unique leadership we achieved an independent-sovereign Bangladesh.

    Independence is the greatest achievement of Bangalees. However, it has not been achieved in a single day. In the long rugged path from the great language movement to the achievement of final victory in 1971, Bangabandhu’s immense courage, boundless sacrifice, courageous leadership and right guidance led the nation towards the desired goal. Although Awami League bagged absolute majority in the General Election of 1970, the Pakistani ruling party started dilly-dallying the process of handing over power to the majority party. Under the leadership of Bangabandhu, therefore, the non-cooperation movement was started on 1st March. In continuation of the agitation,

    Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered a historic speech at the mammoth gathering at the Race Course Ground by ignoring the blood curdling eyes of the then Pakistani ruler which was the charter of independence of the Bengali nation. In that effulgent speech, with his unique eloquence and political wisdom, he united the emotions, dreams and aspirations of the Bangalee’s and declared in a thunderous voice, “The struggle this time is the struggle for emancipation, the struggle this time is the struggle for independence”, which was, in fact, the call for independence. In continuation of that historic speech, Bangabandhu declared long-cherished Independence of the Bengali nation on March 26. Then we achieved our independent and sovereign Bangladesh through a nine-month-long armed struggle.

    Bangabandhu’s speech on  March 7, was one of the most celebrated speeches in the world. That speech was a great efficacious message to the freedom-seeking people to make them jump into battle breaking the chains of subjugation. How an address can awaken the whole nation, inspire them to leap into the war of liberation for independence, the ‘historic 7 March Speech’ by Bangabandhu is its unique example! UNESCO has recognized the ‘7 March Speech of Bangabandhu’ as part of the ‘World’s Documentary Heritage’ and included it in the ‘Memory of the World International Register’ on October 30 in 2017. This is our great achievement as Bangalees. The world-renowned magazine Newsweek in its Issue on  April 5 in 1971 termed Bangabandhu as the ‘Poet of Politics’ for this historic address. The historic address of Bangabandhu on March 7 will be an eternal source of inspiration not only for us but also for freedom-loving people around the world.

    Bangabandhu’s lifetime dream was to turn the independent-sovereign Bangladesh into a prosperous ‘Golden Bangla’. We must continue our efforts to fulfill that dream of our great leader. Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has undertaken ‘Vision-2021’ and ‘Vision-2041’ to make Bangladesh a prosperous country by 2041. On the eve of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu and the golden jubilee of independence, I call upon all to contribute from their respective positions irrespective of party affiliation in implementing these programs.

    Joi Bangla.                                          

    Khoda Hafez, May Bangladesh Live Forever.”