7 March 1971 Historic Speech

The 7 March Speech of Bangabandhu was a speech given by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh on 7 March 1971 at the Ramna Race Course in Dhaka to a gathering of over two million people. It was delivered during a period of escalating tensions between East Pakistan and the powerful political and military establishment of West Pakistan. He announced a civil disobedience movement in the province, calling for every house to turn into a fortress. The speech inspired the Bengali people to prepare for a war of independence amid widespread reports of armed mobilization by West Pakistan. The Bangladesh Liberation War began 18 days later when the Pakistan Army launched Operation Searchlight against Bengali civilians, intelligentsia, students, politicians, and armed personnel. On 30 October 2017, UNESCO added the speech to its Memory of the World Register as a “documentary heritage”. This day highlighted the necessity of a permanent solution for the long-repressed people. Besides, it solidified and justified the stance of Bengal to go for a fight to ensure independence. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the very directive motivations and final determination of that day made it possible to see the golden sun of independence. Thus, as a memorable day, it takes a permanent place in the history of Bangladesh. This speech will continue to rekindle the Bangali nation with a spark of fire, show the path of realizing the mundane truths and provide political direction to the emancipation of us.

 

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