“Pakistan was an artificial state made of two far-flung nations founded on the basis of religion but had no similarity in their languages, cultures and behaviour,” the prime minister said at a seminar organised by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust marking the historic March 7 at city’s Krishibid Institute auditorium.
Hasina said the call that Bangabandhu made on March 7, 1971 was the charter of Independence of the Bengali nation and his well-thought out and sagacious steps and movements have given the nation the status of a free nation.
The prime minister expressed her optimism that the historic speech of Bangabandhu would guide new generations to be imbued with hopes, aspirations and patriotism and they would remember the great leader forever.
Dr Moshiur Rahman, professor of sociology at Dhaka University, presented the keynote paper “Bangabandhu’s speech on March 7: A philosophy for Changing the State and Social Structure.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said out of his realisation of the necessity of establishing a separate state for Bengalis, Bangabandhu launched the language movement against the Pakistani rulers.
“It is very unfortunate that a vested quarter tried to hide his pioneering role in the language movement. Bangabandhu launched the language movement first in 1948,” she said.
As the daughter of Bangabandhu, Hasina said: “We know it better how Bangabandhu made his efforts to liberate the nation.”
Many leaders had advised Bangabandhu to boycott the 1970 general election as the Pakistani rulers had imposed many conditions.
“But he did not pay heed and took part in the polls as he knew the outcome very well,” Hasina said.
Each and every step taken by Bangabandhu, from the Jukta Front election to the general election in 1970, was part of his well-thought-out plan to liberate the nation from the clutch of subjugation, the prime minister said.