Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that the historic March 7 is an unforgettable day in the life of the Bengali nation. On this day in 1971, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman called for independence. He thunderously declared in a huge crowd at the then Racecourse Maidan in Dhaka, ‘This time the struggle is for our liberation, this time the struggle is for freedom, Joy Bangla.’ He said this in a message on the occasion of the historic March 7.
Calling on the people to play a role in the development and progress of the country, the Prime Minister said, “Let’s be inspired by the spirit of the great liberation war and play a united role in the development and progress of the country from our respective positions.” Let this be our pledge on the historic March 7.
Leader of the Nation Sheikh Hasina said, “We have been working relentlessly for the betterment of the people since 2009 by forming a government to make the dream of a better life for the Bengali nation a reality.” Bangladesh has already achieved unprecedented success in the socio-economic field. Today, we stand tall in the world as a self-respecting country.
Sheikh Hasina said, ‘Father of the Nation gave the roadmap of independence by standing in the crowd of people on the historic Mahendrakshan on March 7. Knowing that war was inevitable, he instructed the Bengali nation to be ready against the enemy: ‘Be ready with whatever you have.’
Responding to this hypnotic call of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, the Bengali nation started preparing for the armed liberation war. When the Pakistani military junta started the genocide on the night of March 25, the Father of the Nation declared independence in the early hours of March 26. The war of liberation began. 3 million people were martyred in the 9-month armed liberation war. 2 lakh mothers and sisters were disgraced. In return for many sacrifices, on December 16, 1971, we achieved the ultimate victory. By snatching great freedom from the shackles of subjugation, the Bengali nation gets the desired taste of liberation. Independent-sovereign state Bangladesh was established.
The Prime Minister said, ‘That historic speech was the source of immense energy in the freedom struggle of Bangladesh. This speech of Bangabandhu is an essential and undeniable chapter of our history and national life, the appeal of which is everlasting. This time-honored speech will always inspire the exploited, deprived and emancipated people of the world.
He said that since the establishment of the state of Pakistan on the basis of biracialism, the people of the region have been subjected to discrimination and oppression. Apart from economic inequality, the West Pakistani ruling class conspired to ignore the mother tongue of the majority Bengalis and impose Urdu as the sole state language. The struggle for self-determination of Bengalis began. The language movement of 1945-52, the election of the United Front of 1944, the education movement of 1962, the six-point movement of 1966, the mass uprising of 1971 and the victory of the Bengalis in the general elections of 1970 led to a logical conclusion. And Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib led these movements and struggles from the front.
Source: Bhorer Kagoj by www.bhorerkagoj.com.
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