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The speech that inspired millions

Even today, after all these years, Bangabandhu’s speech resonates with the spirit of what it means to be a Bangladeshi 

Update : 07 Mar 2019, 12:03 AM

On this day, 48 years ago, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic speech rallied up millions of Bangalis to go against the Pakistani occupation forces and earn independence for their country. 

Delivered at the Ramna Race Course, the rousing speech commanded the attention of everyone who was present, captured the imagination of the masses, and gave voice to the aspirations of a nation that was out to prove its right to sovereignty.

Even today, after all these years, Bangabandhu’s speech resonates with the spirit of what it means to be a Bangladeshi -- there can be no doubt that March 7 is truly a red-letter day in the history of Bangladesh, and is, in its own way, as important to the nation’s history as February 21, March 26, and December 16. 

Nineteen days later, our independence was declared, and the Liberation War began, and this march towards victory would eventually lead to the birth of Bangladesh as a proud, sovereign nation. The fire for freedom was lit in the hearts of Bangladeshis, and there was no turning back. 

Apart from the tremendous historical significance of the day, the speech itself is a great example of masterful oratory, and for that reason people will study it again and again, for years to come, appreciating its eloquence and statesmanship. 

This speech, as the Unesco has recently recognized, is not just a seminal moment in the history of Bangladesh, but a part of the world’s documentary heritage. 

The words from March 7 should never be forgotten.

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