March 7

Historic March 7 celebrated across country in patriotic feel

MNA Feature Desk: The historic March 7, commemorating the epoch making speech of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 7, 1971 at Race Course in Dhaka, was observed across the country with much enthusiasm and patriotic spirit, BSS reports.

Bangabandhu delivered the speech in a gathering of over two million people during a period of struggle for self-determination and escalating tensions with Bengalis as the Pakistani rulers and politicians denied to handover power to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the elected leader of Bengali people.

Bangabandhu’s speech eventually infused immense strength in people during the War of Liberation to fight to liberate the country, and his ‘thunderous voice’ still inspires people to rise up against any injustice and discrimination.

The day remains as a ‘red-letter day’ in the history of Bangladesh as Bangabandhu gave the finest speech of his life disregarding the intimidation and threats of the Pakistani Army’s tanks, guns and machineguns, and in the presence of millions.

The historical speech has got a prestigious place in the world’s documentary heritage by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in October 2017.

In 2014, Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech was included in a book as one of the most rousing and inspirational wartime speeches in the last 2,500 years.

In addition to the government programme, different political parties, their front organizations, socio-cultural and professional bodies, educational institutions, Bangladesh Awami League (AL) and its front organizations across the country arranged discussions in connection with the observance of historic 7th March through daylong programme.

The day’s programme included placing of floral wreaths on the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the early hours of the day, hoisting of the National flag at the party offices, playing of the recorded speech of March 7 by Bangabandhu.

Our correspondents from different district said the historic March 7 was observed in Chattogram, Chandpur, Mymensingh, Narail and Noakhali.

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