7th March Speech
7th March Speech is regarded as the most historical speech in Bangladesh which was delivered by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 7th March, 1971 at Ramna Race Course Maydan in Dhaka. About 2 million of people were present there. It was delivered during a period of rising tensions between East Pakistan and the powerful political and military establishment of West Pakistan. In the speech, Rahman proclaimed: “This time, the struggle is for our freedom. This time, the struggle is for our independence.” The speech inspired the Bangalees to prepare for a war of independence amid widespread reports of armed mobilization by West Pakistan and he called upon all Bangalees of then East Pakistan to launch a significant struggle against the Pakistani occupation forces indicating for taking all-out preparations for the War of Liberation. However, the speech effectively declared the independence of Bangladesh. The speech composes a faithful documentation of how the failure of post-colonial nation-states to develop inclusive, democratic society alienates their population belonging to different ethnic, cultural, linguistic or religious groups. The speech of 7th March has inspired the whole nation to take part in liberation war and free our country from the enemy. At the same way, this speech has touched the soul of every Bangladeshi and even after 1971 this speech has encouraged and guided us to build up our nation. Really, it was an eye-opening declaration for the nation. It’s a matter of great pride for us that UNESCO has recognized the speech and so now the whole world will know about the historic speech.