This time the struggle is for freedom – Bhorer Kagoj

Selina Hossain


When March 7th comes back every year, a lot of things float in our hearts. Bangabandhu has struggled all his life for this day. Through a speech, he transformed the unarmed Bengali nation into an armed Bengali nation. Through this one speech, he has inspired seven and a half crore people of Bengal in the mantra of independence and made them stand in the same estuary. He was such a prudent leader that he thwarted all conspiracies and imposed four conditions on the military ruler হার withdraw martial law, take back the army barracks, conduct a judicial inquiry into the killings that took place in a few days, and hand over power to elected representatives. The Pakistanis tried to label him a separatist. But he was vigilant and aware. On the other hand, the whole speech was about the tactics of the upcoming people’s war and the declaration of independence of Bangladesh.

Where today’s Bangladesh is sitting in the world court is the contribution of Bangabandhu. Bangabandhu’s speech on March 7 is now being translated into different languages ​​with the recognition of UNESCO. Research is being done on what he said and why. His non-communal thinking, humanity, strong leadership, patriotism, mother tongue, places of values ​​are rethinking the world. We have to keep in mind that Bangabandhu is sitting in this world court. 1971. March. Date seven. Sitting on the racecourse ground (Suhrawardy Udyan) that afternoon, when I heard the extraordinary speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, I did not think at that time that I would be able to write a novel called March Afternoon. Right after that, of course, I thought I would write something about it, but I didn’t know what to write. Came. So, when Bangabandhu’s speech was over, we were returning from the field, immersed in the dream of independence. I was accompanied by Namita Sanyal, our friend. We all felt that day, there is no day to retreat. Battle ahead. Life-and-death struggle. I have been waiting in the field for a long time with that wonderful speech in my head. I thought I would come out when the crowd subsided. There was a place surrounded by bamboo for the girls near the stage. Poet Sufia Kamal was there, I was close to her. I went out a little later to talk to Khalamma.

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