“This time the struggle is for our liberation,
This time the struggle is for freedom “
A historic speech given by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at a public meeting held on 7 March 1971 at Racecourse Maidan (now Suhrawardy Udyan) in Dhaka. The talk started at 2:45 and ended at 3:03 in the afternoon. This 16 minute speech seemed to awaken the dream of independence. On October 30, 2016, UNESCO recognized this speech as a historical document.
The significance of this speech in the history of Bangladesh can only be understood by listening to the speech. As soon as he hears the speech, the desire for war awakens inside his body again. Just like our naughty boys woke up in 1971. Originally in his speech on March 7, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman called upon the Bengalis to be ready for the freedom struggle.
The significance of Bangabandhu’s historic speech on March 7 in the context of the war of liberation
The significance of Bangabandhu’s historic speech on March 7 is very deep in the context of the liberation war of Bangladesh. The context of the speech was that the Awami League, under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, won an absolute majority in the Pakistan National Assembly elections held on 7 December 1970. In the December 7 elections, the Awami League, led by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, won 18 of the 189 seats in East Pakistan. Later, West Pakistani leader Z. A. Bhutto started a conspiracy to hand over power to the Awami League. On March 1, 1971, when people across the country were eagerly waiting to hear President Yahya Khan’s speech, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was outraged when Yahya Khan canceled the session of the National Assembly. And called it the authoritarian attitude of the Pakistani rulers. People observed strike processions across the country on March 2 and March 3.
Then, for the first time, the call for independence came: “Hold the arms of brave Bengalis, make Bangladesh independent.” The non-cooperation movement began. The Swadhin Bangla Chhatra Sangram Parishad was formed. The whole country waited until March 7. “Pakistan was ready with all its might and said tanks, cannons, machine guns would be ready to kill the traitors (Bengalis). If necessary, Dhaka would be razed to the ground.
At the end of his speech, Bangabandhu thunderously declared to the military authorities of Pakistan with four conditions, ‘This time the struggle, our liberation struggle, this time the struggle, the freedom struggle.’ Let me explain some parts of the speech. The speech not only declared war but also explained how to win the war. In his speech, he said that the employees should bring their salaries on the 28th. Then he said if you don’t pay and if a shot is fired, and if my man is killed, my request to you is to build a fort in every house. You have to deal with the enemy with everything you have and you will stop all the roads for life if I cannot give orders. ‘It can be clearly said here that Bangabandhu has called for a war for the rights of the people of Bengal. And that right will come by breaking the shackles of Pakistani slaves. At that time Bangabandhu’s life was in doubt so he said that if I could not give the order (even if Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed) then the war should not stop. He further said in his speech that “I will kill in rice, I will kill in water”.
The effect of this 16-minute speech on our liberation war was told to us on the night of March 25, 16 days later. That night genocide and rape started in Dhaka city. Fresh life is looted on the ground. Then the naughty boys of Bengal were not afraid. Instead, he fought with his last blood for 9 months for a beautiful red and green flag for the country. The force behind it is the speech of Bangabandhu which is heard today.
Today we have got independent land, we have got our rights, we have got red and green country, my favorite Bangladesh. Today, when I see the flag in the hands of a teenager, my heart is full of pride, but the lives of so many teenagers have been lost. Abdul Latif says so –
“I bought Bengali at a price
Not found in anyone’s donation.
I have paid millions of rupees
The world knows, “
In fact, the speech of March 7 was a big part of the great force behind the liberation war. The people of Bengal roared at that call. He took up arms at that call. He learned to recognize his rights by that call. That call broke the chain of subjugation. As long as there is Bengal, there will be Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 7. It is in the language of the poet Annadashankar
As long as Padma-Jamuna-Gauri-Meghna flows in the river
At that time Rabe Kirti Taymar Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
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