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7 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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The historic March 7 speech

The 7th March speech was the main mantra and theory for an independent Bangladesh
The historic March 7 speech

It was a speech that changed the course of the history of this nation. 48 years ago on this day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered a great speech on the then Race Course Maidan (currently Suhrawardy Udyan) that virtually declared Bangladesh’s independence from the grips of the West Pakistani ruling elite who used this area as their colony. 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 ground that very day. Bangabandhu, who had become by that time a leader of unparalleled greatness, encouraged the Bengalis to take up arms and fight for their freedom. The great man called upon all Bengalis to launch a decisive struggle against the Pakistan 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 on par with Gettysberg Speech or Churchill’s WWII speech.

Those immortal words, “Since we have sacrificed blood, we will sacrifice more. We will definitely liberate the country, Inshallah” 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.” The 7th March speech was the main mantra and theory for an independent Bangladesh. Whether children or juvenile, young or old, everybody became excited after listening to this speech. This speech articulated in Bangabandhu's own voice, not only united the 7 crore Bengalis, but also it taught them the mantra of joining the liberation war. This address was a de-facto declaration of Bangladesh's independence. The entire speech was a dialogue between the people of Bangladesh and their undisputed leader on the eve of Bangladesh's birth.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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