The nation is observing the historic 7th March, a Red-letter day in the history of the Bangalees’ long arduous freedom struggle.
On this day in 1971, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his epoch-making speech of independence at the then Race Course Maidan, now Suhrawardy Udyan, in Dhaka.
The ruling Awami League hoisted national and party flags atop the Bangabandhu Bhaban and party offices and place wreaths at Sheikh Mujib’s portrait on Bangabandhu Bhaban premises in Dhanmondi of Dhaka in the morning.
In his 19-minute extempore speech, Bangabandhu said “Ebarer sangram amader muktir sangram, ebarer sangram swadhinatar sangram (The struggle this time is a struggle for emancipation, the struggle this time is a struggle for independence)”.
According to political analysts, the March 7 speech of Bangabandhu was not only a call for the Bangalee nation to fight for freedom, it was rather a direction for all nations.
In the speech, Bangabandhu called for the freedom of the country and gave the nation the roadmap for achieving the independence of Bangladesh.
Awami League and different socio-political and cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes on the occasion.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the morning.
The prime minister paid the homage by placing wreaths at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city at 7am.
She first laid a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu as the prime minister.
After placing the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of the independence.
Younger daughter of Bangabandhu, Sheikh Rehana accompanied the Prime Minister at that time.
Munajat was offered seeking the eternal peace of the great leader, who led the country to be independent, his martyred family members, and millions of martyred who made their supreme sacrifice for the country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to join virtually a programme marking the historic 7th March to be held at Bangabandu International Conference Center at 3pm on Sunday.
Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television as well as private television channels and radio stations are airing special programmes while national dailies will publish supplements marking the day.
BDST: 1313 HRS, MAR 07, 2021