Historic March 7 today
Dhaka, March 7: Today is historic March 7. A unique day in the history of the freedom struggle and liberation war of the Bengali nation.
On this day in 1971, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman called for the freedom struggle of Bangladesh, standing in a huge crowd at Suhrawardy Udyan (now Race Course Maidan). On this day, in the presence of millions of freedom-seeking people, this great leader announced in a thunderous voice, "When I have given blood, I will give more blood, I will free the people of this country, God willing. This struggle is the struggle for our liberation, this struggle is the struggle for freedom."
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's historic speech on March 7, 1971, later became the seed mantra of the freedom struggle. This speech is not only a political document but also creates a possibility for cultural identity of the nation. On October 30, 2017, Bangabandhu's historic March 7 speech was recognized as a World Documentary Heritage by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Also this speech has been translated into many languages of the world.
In this fiery declaration of Bangabandhu on March 7, 1971, the Bengali nation got the direction of independence. After that, the freedom-loving people of the country started preparing for the final fight from house to house. Bangabandhu's Vajroninada made the Bengali nation excited with the joy of impending liberation. Exploited and deprived for ages, the Bengalis march forward with steely determination towards the desired liberation.
After Bangabandhu's March 7 speech, the foundation of Bengali ethnicity, nationalism and nation-state formation was laid during the 23-year movement-struggle against the Pakistan state formed in 1947 on the basis of religious thought, communalism and bi-ethnicity. Prepared for the war of liberation. Responding to Bangabandhu's call, the Bengali nation won the 9-month armed liberation war against the Pakistani invaders on December 16, 1971. Through this victory independent sovereign Bangladesh was born on the world map.
Bangabandhu's historic March 7 speech roared the stormy sea of people. The red-green flag emblazoned with the map of Bangladesh fluttered in the spring wind with the arrogance of millions of people shouting slogans. The thunderous fist of a million oaths rose in the sky. On that day, Bangabandhu climbed the stage at 3:20 pm. After coming to the stage, he waved his hand to the crowd. Then the entire Suhrawardy Udyan became loud with the slogans of millions of Bengalis 'Tomar desh amar desh Bangladesh Bangladesh, tomar neta amar neta Sheikh Mujib, Sheikh Mujib'. He began his speech in a low voice, "My brothers, today I have appeared before you with a sorrow-laden mind", then standing in the sea of people, the poet of the epic poem of Bengal and Bengali independence declared "This time's struggle is our freedom struggle..., this time's struggle is the struggle of independence."
A speech of only 19 minutes. In this short span of time he has covered the entire canvas of history. In his speech, he demanded the withdrawal of martial law, transfer of power to the elected representatives of the people, withdrawal of the army to the barracks by stopping the firing and killings and formation of a judicial commission to investigate the killings at various places.