Appeal of March 7 speech everlasting: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that appeal of Bangabandhu’s historic March 7 speech is everlasting and it’s an address of hopes and aspirations for the people.

“This speech showed the path of freedom to Bangalees … it’s an address of hopes and aspirations for them,” she said, adding the appeal of the speech not faded away after decades.

Sheikh Hasina said this while handing over the UNESCO certificates that endorsed the inscription of the historic 7th March Speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

She handed over the certificates to the five organisations which made outstanding contributions to achieving the recognition of the 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu as part of the World’s Documentary Heritage.

The organisations are the Information and Communication Technology Division, Bangladesh Betar, the Department of Film and Publications, the Liberation War Museum and Bangladesh Film Archive.

The prime minister said the historic address of Bangabandhu is evergreen and fresh speech for us all. “When we listen to this historic speech we feel the charm that we had felt in 1971,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said through the UNESCO recognition of the speech, the country’s independence, liberation war, sacrifice –all things got dignity.

She mentioned that Bangabandhu in his speech just not uttered the Independence of the country. “He said about way how he will liberate the country, how he will bring political, economic, social and cultural freedom of the country,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina, elder daughter of Bangabandhu, said in his speech the Father of the Nation gave the direction for the economic freedom after the independence of the country.

Highlighting the significance of March 7 speech, Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu had prepared the nation step by step for the independence and it was reflected in the speech.

“Bangabandhu did not only unite the nation, he also imbued the people with the spirit of liberation,” she said.