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The nation is set to observe the historic March 7 tomorrow in a befitting manner commemorating the landmark speech by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman which was touted as indirect declaration of the country’s independence.


On March 7 in 1971, the great leader Sheikh Mujib, the architect of
independent Bangladesh, in his historic address at a mammoth rally at the
then Race Course (now Suhrawardy Udyan), directed the freedom-loving
Bangalees for waging a decisive struggle against the then Pakistan occupation
forces.

“Ebarer sangram amader muktir sangram, ebarer sangram swadhinatar sangram
[The struggle this time is a struggle for emancipation, the struggle this
time is a struggle for independence]”, Bangabandhu declared in a thunderous
voice at the rally.

“Turn every house into a fortress, resist the enemy with everything you
have … Having mastered the lesson of sacrifice, we shall give more blood.
God willing [Inshallah], we shall free the people of this land,” Bangabandhu
also said in his speech.

The speech inspired the Bengalees to prepare for a war of independence.

The Liberation War began 18 days later, when the Pakistan Army launched
“Operation Searchlight” against unarmed Bangalee civilians, intellectuals,
students, politicians, and armed personnel.

On October 30 in 2017, the UNESCO has recognised the historic speech as a
part of the world’s documentary heritage.

It has been included in the Memory of the World International Register, a
list of world’s important documentary heritage maintained by the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

To mark the day, different socio-cultural and political organizations,
student and professional bodies have chalked out elaborate programmes
including laying wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu and holding
discussions and rallies.

The ruling Awami League has also drawn up different programmes to observe
the day.

The party will hoist national and party flags atop the Bangabandhu Bhaban
and party offices and place wreaths at Bangabandhu’s portrait on the
Bangabandhu Bhaban premises at Dhanmondi in the morning tomorrow.

A discussion will be arranged at the Bangabandhu International Conference
Centre (BICC) auditorium at 3pm on the day.

Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will chair the
discussion while Party leaders and distinguished personalities will address
it.

Awami League and associated bodies will also organize rallies highlighting
the significance of the day in all wards, unions, pourasabhas, upazilas and
districts as the Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech would be played by loud
speaker.

The Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television as well as private
television channels and radio stations will air special programmes while
national dailies will bring out special supplements marking auspicious
occasion.

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