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26 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Declare Mar 7 as nat’l day

HC asks govt
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Declare Mar 7 as nat’l day

In an interim order, the High Court yesterday asked the government to issue a gazette notification declaring March 7 a 'Historic National Day'. The HC bench also directed the government to set up murals of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in all districts and Upazilas within Mujib Year, the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation.

The HC bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the order after primary hearing on a writ petition filed in this regard. The HC bench asked the government to submit a progress report before it over the implementation of the order.

It also issued a rule asking the government why it should not directed to include the history of Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech in primary, intermediate and high school curricula.

Earlier on February 11, in a report submitted before the HC the government said that it planed to build a ‘statue’ of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and a stage at the location of the March 7 Speech in Suhrawardy Udyan.

Bangabandhu stood and delivered his great speech in 1971 at the venue, which also stands witness to the surrender of Pakistani forces to the allied joint force on December 16, 1971 and the reception accorded to the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by Bangabandhu in March, 1972.

The government also plans to declare March 7 as the National Day to commemorate the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic speech.

The government submitted the report before the HC in line with its earlier order. Earlier on February 5, the same bench of the HC had expressed dissatisfaction as Shishu Park was not being relocated from Suhrawardy Udyan and asked the government to inform the court about the future plan over the historical ground.

The HC bench also observed that Bangabandhu’s historical March 7 speech embodying the independence of Bangladesh should be included in textbooks of all students so that the new generation can learn its importance and significance.

It also observed that steps should also be taken so that the current generation gets to know more about the March 7 speech of Bangabandhu as they do not know about it very well.

On March 7 in 1971, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had delivered the historic speech at the then Racecourse Maidan (now Suhrawardy Udyan) and uttered the magical words “Ebarer Sangram Swadhinatar Sangram, Ebaber Sangram Muktir Sangram” (this time, the movement is for independence, this time the movement is for freedom), inspiring the people of Bangladesh to wage the War of Liberation for the independence of the country.

In the speech, Bangabandhu called on the freedom-loving Bangalees to wage a decisive struggle against the Pakistani rulers.

In 2017, former Secretary of the Supreme Court Lawyers’ Association Dr Bashir Ahmed had filed the writ petition seeking necessary directives in this regard.

Later, the HC on November 20, 2017 issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain in three weeks as to why March 7 should not be declared as Historic National Day.

Advocate Bashir Ahmed appeared on behalf of his petition while Deputy Attorney General Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state during the hearing on the petition.

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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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