Dec. 01, 2017, Friday
Headline: BD mission celebrates Bangabandhu’s 7th March speech
New Delhi, Dec. 01: - The spirit and significance of Bangabandhu’s historic 7th March speech was highlighted at a discussion meeting at Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi on Friday.
The panel discussion marked the celebration of UNESCO’s recognition of the speech as part of the world’s documentary heritage.
The honour from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) came on October 30 when the UN body formally included the 18-minute speech in the “Memory of the World International Register” as a world documentary heritage.
Moderated by High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali, the discussion was participated Ambassador Prof. Muchkund Dubey, who also served as Indian envoy to Bangladesh, JNU professor Sanjay Bhardwaj and President of Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) Mahendra Ved as panelists.
Visiting Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu spoke at the function as chief guest.
He said Bangabandhu’s speech had inspired the freedom-loving Bengalis to take up arms against the Pakistani military rule to achieve independence. The speech will remain ever-inspirational in the struggle to realize the dreams of the great leader under the dynamic leadership of his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Muchkund Dubey hailed UNESCO’s decision saying if any speech deserved to get the honor “it was this one.”
He said the speech had been basically the history of the struggle of Bengalis for liberation.
High Commissioner Muazzem Ali said the UNESCO recognition of Bangabandhu’s historic speech is a great achievement and honour for the nation. It is one of the finest speech delivered by any leader of the world, he said.
The discussion was preceded by the screening and playing of Bangabandhu’s 7th March speech before over two million cheering people at the then Race Course Maidan, later renamed as Suhrawardy Uddayan.