Describing the March 7 speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as incomparable, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the historic speech is a source of inspiration for all freedom-loving people of the world.
"Today the whole Bangali nation is proud of it. I'll say we've got back our 'harano manik' [lost jewel]. This speech had been lost for 21 years since 1975, and ill attempts were made to erase it," she told a seminar as the chief guest.
“It’s a model not only for us, but also for all the countries. It’s a source of inspiration for people all over the world, who are struggling for freedom,” Hasina added.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust organized the seminar styled "Historic 7 March Speech and Political Wisdom of Bangabandhu" in the auditorium of Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh.
Prof Emeritus Dr Alamgir Mohammad Sirajuddin delivered the keynote presentation. The daily Asian Age’s Associate Editor Syed Badrul Ahsan and Prof Dr Aksadul Alam of Dhaka University took part in a discussion on the keynote presentation.
Memorial Trust member secretary Sheikh Hafizur Rahman delivered the welcome address while its chief executive officer Mashura Hossain extended a vote of thanks to the guests.
Prime Minister Hasina said no nation in the world except the Bengalis could ever wage such a non-cooperation movement under the leadership of Bangabandhu for 23 years.
Anti-liberation forces grabbed the power after the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975 and halted the pace of development and distorted the nation’s history, but now this speech of Bangabandhu has made its place into the World Documentary Heritage of the Unesco and it is also one of the greatest speeches of all times, she added.
"This speech is different and unique from the speech of other leaders and there is no comparison to it and it's an incomparable speech. We've got a priceless asset. After 1975, this speech was forbidden for 21 years and an entire generation couldn't know about it as it was distorted,” the premier claimed.
She said this speech contained all the necessary directives for turning a non-cooperation movement into an armed revolution, and also it inspired freedom fighters during the bloody Liberation War.
Hasina said her government would continue to work for economic emancipation of the country's people as it was also indicated in the historic speech of Bangabandhu.
"We're moving ahead and will continue to move ahead... We'll build 'Sonar Bangla' as dreamt by father of the nation," she asserted.
On October 30 last, the Unesco recognized the March 7 speech as a world documentary heritage.