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High Court orders to include Bangabandhu's March 7 speech in textbooks

The court has also directed authorities to expedite the work of building Bangabandhu's sculpture at Suhrawardy Udyan

Update : 08 Sep 2021, 05:24 PM

The High Court has ordered authorities concerned to include the historic speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in textbooks of university, college, secondary and higher secondary levels.

The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice Shahed Nuruddin passed the order on Wednesday after holding further hearing on a rule issued earlier in this regard.

"An expert committee will do the job of including the speech in textbooks," petitioner Advocate Dr Bashir Ahmed told reporters.

Also Read - Book on Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech published in all UN official languages

The court also asked authorities concerned to expedite the work of building Bangabandhu's sculpture at Suhrawardy Udyan and implement the earlier order of setting up Bangabandhu's murals in all the districts.

The High Court on February 25, 2020, had ordered authorities concerned to declare March 7 as "Historic National Day" and issue a gazette notification within next one month in this regard.

The court on that day had issued the rule asking as to why it shall not pass order to include glorious history of March 7 in primary, secondary, intermediate and varsity curriculum.

Also Read - Life of Bangabandhu: A timeline

On November 20, 2017, the High Court had issued another rule asking the authorities concerned to explain in three weeks as to why March 7 shall not be declared as Historic National Day.

The court in its rule also had asked why a stage will not be recreated at the place in Suhrawardy Udyan, where Bangabandhu stood and delivered his historic speech on March 7, 1971, accorded reception to former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and where Pakistani occupation army surrendered to the allied force on December 16, 1971.

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