Today is the historic March 7, a red-letter day in the history of the struggle of people of Bangladesh to liberate the country from the colonial rule of the then West Pakistan. On this day in 1971, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered a historic speech at the Race Course Maidan, now known as Suhrawardy Udyan, in Dhaka.
In his 19-minute speech, Bangabandhu fervently called people: “The struggle this time is for our emancipation, the struggle this time is for our independence.” The whole nation responded spontaneously to his call and took part in the struggle for freedom that eventually liberated Bangladesh from the colonial rule of West Pakistan.
On the eve of the day, President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in separate messages, recalled with gratitude the bold, courageous and farsighted leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in successful implementation of the nation’s journey to freedom through his speech of March 7. Different political parties including the ruling Awami League, social, cultural and professional bodies have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day.
The programmes of the ruling Awami League on the day include hoisting of the national and party flags at 6:30am and placing of wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi at 7am, says a press release sent from the party president’s office at Dhanmondi in the capital yesterday.
The ruling Awami League will also organise a public rally at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan at 3pm while the party President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address the rally as chief guest.
– Dhaka Tribune