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7 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Historic March 7 speech

Historic March 
7 speech

Forty seven years ago on this day, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his historic  speech on the then Racecourse Maidan (currently Suhrawardy Udyan) that effectively declared Bangladesh’s independence from the clutches of the West Pakistanis who virtually used this area as their colony. Bangabandhu, who had become by that time a leader of unparalleled greatness, encouraged the Bengalis to take up arms and fight for their freedom. On this day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman called upon all Bangalis of then East Pakistan (today's Bangladesh) to launch a decisive struggle against the Pakistani occupation forces indicating for taking all-out preparations for the War of Liberation. ‘Ebarer Sangram Amader Muktir Sangram, Ebarer Sangram Swadhinatar Sangram’ (This time the struggle is for our freedom and emancipation), is what the Father of this Nation famously declared.  The momentous inspirational speech, which many Bengalis know by heart, is considered by many to be one of the world’s best.

In 1971 Racecourse Maidan turned into a human sea. By many accounts as many as a million people gathered to hear Bangabandhu’s speech. In his speech Bangabandhu  narrated the story of deprivation of and repression on Bengalis and urged the people to turn every house into a fort and get ready with whatever is available to fight the enemy. Bangabandhu in his address tactfully stopped short of making unilateral declaration of independence in order to avert a possible massacre of the people starting from Race Course that very day.

However, nobody can deny that the 7th March address gave the nation the guideline for armed struggle for liberation. And from that point of view the address was the informal declaration of independence which was given the final shape by him in the early hours of 26 March, 1971. Those immortal words, “Since we have sacrificed blood, we will sacrifice more. We will definitely liberate the country, Insha-Allah” is clear indication that Bangabandhu was determined to lead his people towards liberty. Never before that day could any Bengali leader sense the pulse of a nation so perfectly.

There are some people who say Bangabandhu only wanted to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan. In his historic speech he categorically stated “I don't want the Prime Minister's office. We want the people of this country to have their rights.”

Bangabandhu’s speech changed the course of history and the whole nation started preparing for the ultimate showdown with the Pakistani rulers. The speech not only propelled the Bengalis towards a fight for independence, but also has become a source of inspiration for all freedom-loving people all over the world.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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