Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said the appeal of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's historic March 7 speech is still there as its impact did not fade even after decades.
"This is evergreen and fresh speech for us all. When we listen to this historic speech, we feel the charm that we had felt back in 1971," she said.
Hasina said this while handing over the certificates of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) endorsing the inscription of the March 7 speech of the Father of the Nation at her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka.
The organizations that received the certificates, signed by the Unesco director general, are the Information and Communication Technology Ministry, Bangladesh Betar, the Department of Film and Publications, the Liberation War Museum and Bangladesh Film Archive.
These organizations got the certificates for their outstanding contributions to achieving the recognition of the March 7 speech of Bangabandhu as part of the World's Documentary Heritage.
The prime minister said the speech is not just another speech of the Father of the Nation. "It was the speech of showing the path to Bangali's freedom and the way to implement the aspirations of the people of the country," she said.
She mentioned that Bangabandhu in his speech just not uttered the Independence of the country. "He said the about way how he will liberate the country, how he'll bring the economic, social and cultural freedom of the country.”
Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, said the Father of the Nation in his speech gave the direction for the economic freedom after the country's liberation.
Highlighting the significance of March 7, she also said the spirit of the momentous speech which Bangabandhu delivered at Suhrawardy Udyan, are infusing inspiration into people for the last 45 years.
Bangabandhu prepared the nation step by step for the independence and it was reflected in the speech, she said, describing the historic time. "Bangabandhu didn't only unite the nation, but also imbued the people with the spirit of liberation."
Hasina said the March 7 speech is an inspiration for the people of the world who are still fighting for their political and economic freedom.
She said Bangabandhu’s assassination is an unfortunate saga for the people of Bangladesh. “After 1975, the rulers had prohibited the playing of the March 7 speech. But they could not bar Awami League leaders and workers from playing it."
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and Liberation War Museum Trustee Board member Mofidul Haque also spoke at the programme.
On October 30 last year, Unesco had recognized Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech as part of the world's documentary heritage. Unesco Director General Irina Bokova had announced the decision on the day at the UN agency’s headquarters in Paris.
The March 7 speech of Bangabandhu has been included in the Memory of the World International Register, a list of world's important documentary heritage maintained by Unesco.
The register is a list of documents that have global significance. The objective of creating the register is to ensure preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world.