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Bangabandhu's Speech on March 7 was the Declaration of the Liberation War

Bangabandhu's Speech on March 7 was the Declaration of the Liberation War

Hiren Pandit

Bengalis have been familiar with the word 'Bangabandhu' since 1969, the significance of Bangabandhu and the biography of Bangabandhu have been presented to many since childhood and adolescence. Later, we got to know many freedom fighters through the documents of the liberation war. Look through their eyes. We know His Holiness the Sheikh anew. A freedom fighter explains the greatness of Bangabandhu in very simple terms.

Bangabandhu's personality was as bright as the sun, which lasted till his death. Because of whose uncompromising leadership we got Bangladesh. Truthfulness, devotion, uncompromising and political wisdom - all qualities were in him. From which our youth should learn. Bangabandhu is the name of inspiration for the youth. This name gives courage to the youth.

Sheikh Mujib was a well-known face at the forefront of the rights movement since his student life. In his long political career, he led several movements from the front line. He went to jail many times, and the people of Bengal freed him. In whose eyes seven and a half million Bengalis dreamed of an independent Bangladesh and jumped into the war of independence. His struggling life is an example to every generation, his every step has a lesson. To the present young generation, the name 'Bangabandhu' is courage and inspiration to move forward. According to them, Bangabandhu means independent Bangladesh.

When we see the terrible faces of people who are victims of communal attacks and religious extremism all over the world, in such a context, the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's non-communal ideals of forgetting the religious differences in the world, to practice mutual coexistence, practice tolerance and establish peace came to our mind.

From playing a leading role in preventing the communal riots of 1946 to including secularism in the constitution as the principle of independent-sovereign Bangladesh, he practiced the noble ideal of secularism throughout his life. Bangabandhu's ideology is spreading worldwide. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's shining symbol of heroism and patriotism has become ideal for everyone. Bangabandhu is another name for freedom to free the country from the slavery of Pakistan. Finally, on December 16, 1971, Bangladesh became enemy-free. Bangabandhu is another name for the inspiration of young society. Bangabandhu is a role model for today's youth of Bangladesh. His courage, political foresight, hypnotic speech, and extraordinary leadership qualities were an invaluable asset to Bangladesh. Even Bangabandhu, who was very popular, was not spared from betrayal. Bangabandhu and his family were brutally killed on August 15, 1975, by self-interested criminals who were enemies of the country and the nation, and a shameful black chapter of history was written. Bangabandhu means a perfect name.

A mind like the Himalayas, a heart like a sea, valor, and courage - all these are Bangabandhu's personality. He was determined. As a leader and idealist, Bangabandhu was devoted to the realization and realization of people's rights, his devotion and respect for injustice, freedom, and democracy was unforgettable. Unable to overcome this fearless soldier, he was killed through a conspiracy. Bangabandhu's attractive personality, his expression, his selfless love for people, his easy mixing with people, and his bravery attracted the younger generation to him. The birth of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is a very significant event for the people of this land. A few centuries ago, in a remote village of Gopalganj, the child who first opened his eyes. The child who changed the political map of the subcontinent step by step through political wisdom, foresight and prudence is a wonder to many. His stand was strong for the exploited people not only of the subcontinent but of the whole world. Bangabandhu is the inspiration of millions of freedom-seeking people in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Bangabandhu's March 7 speech contains the directions of the liberation war. This charismatic leader had already understood that the Pakistani ruling class would not relinquish power. He realized that the war of liberation of the nation was imminent and he might not be present in that war. He may be arrested again. It seems that is why he clearly said, 'and if a shot is fired, and if my people are killed, my request is to you. Build forts from house to house.

You have to fight the enemy with everything you have, if I can't give orders, you will block the roads... Joy Bangla'. Bangabandhu's March 7 speech gave us motivation for the liberation war. It still inspires new generations. It will be a source of inspiration for ages to come. So, it is natural for the new generation to think of Bangabandhu as a charismatic leader. Because in a speech he was able to inspire the entire Bengali nation to unite and jump into the liberation war. Who else, the wizard of dreams, has ever influenced such a charismatic leader, in a speech to unify? Bangabandhu is such an indomitable hero of independent Bengal and the best Bengali of a thousand years. Bangabandhu is a great man.

There is no death of this great man. Great men live by action. Bangabandhu and his political wisdom, love for people, and establishment of an independent sovereign state will live forever. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be remembered as long as the country called Bangladesh is known in the world. Bangabandhu loved children. He used to celebrate his birthday with them. To ensure access to education for all children, he took a revolutionary step in the economic crisis of post-war Bangladesh by nationalizing primary education as free and compulsory for all. Bangabandhu dreamed of building a hunger-poverty, developed, prosperous, and non-communal Bangladesh. The country has already come a long way towards building the Golden Bangla of his dream. In just three and a half years of state management, Bangabandhu took Bangladesh to the heights economically and diplomatically; Today's Bangladesh is the manifestation of that strong foundation. Bangabandhu himself led the way as a source of inspiration.

He is the source of our strength and courage. His philosophy, humanity and politics are becoming stronger. Currently, Bangladesh is run by the party founded by Bangabandhu and his daughter. At the same time, the three-term government has taken the country to a high peak of development - it is recognized by the world. The liberation and prosperity of the nation are on the path shown by Bangabandhu. Bangabandhu's self-sacrifice has revealed the Bengali identity. His struggle has been worth it. Bangladesh is recognized as an independent sovereign state on the world map. Our achievements are not less in any way. But there is no room for complacency. Bangabandhu expressed his determination to build a country free from discrimination; How expected is our position there? Are all children still covered by education? When will millions of street children getaway?

Bangabandhu is the light of hope even amid despair. May his life and work help us overcome all our crises; For this reason, society needs his biography. He did not make a mistake in building the country's education and information technology infrastructure despite enduring thousands of tortures, exploitations, prisons, and oppressions. When the foundation of independent sovereign Bangladesh was established in 1971, the context was created to build an information and technology-based Bangladesh under the leadership of Bangabandhu. He also places the spread of information technology as basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, etc.

He initiated the development of the information and communication technology sector intending to achieve rapid economic growth. When Bangladesh became independent in 1971, the third industrial revolution was going on in the world. Bangabandhu saw that many countries in Europe and Asia were reaching the peak of development by utilizing the possibilities and opportunities of the third industrial revolution. Additionally, the invention of the Internet in 1969 increased the speed, impact, and power of this revolution. Some Asian countries, including Japan, China, and Korea, began to exploit the opportunities created by the advent of the Third Industrial Revolution.

Bangabandhu spent more than an era in his political life in prison. Twice he faced death on the gallows, 18 times imprisonment. Ignoring the blood eyes of the Pakistani ruling class, he led all the movements and struggles and prepared the nation for the liberation war. Movements of 1952, 1954, 1962, 1966, and popular uprising of 1969, and victory in the 1970 elections are all milestones in the nation's struggling history. And Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was in a leadership and strong role in this struggle. He was awarded the title of Bangabandhu after his release from prison in the 1969 popular uprising. Inspired by Bangabandhu's brave and uncompromising leadership, the oppressed and oppressed Bengali nation woke up. On March 7, 1971, Bangabandhu gave a historic speech at the then Race Course Maidan. Where he declared - 'This time's struggle, our liberation struggle, this time's struggle, the struggle for freedom.' After Bangabandhu's declaration, the all-out non-cooperation movement started across the country. Bangabandhu formally declared the independence of Bangladesh in the early hours of March 26, 1971, before being arrested by the Pakistani invaders. After nine months of bloody armed war, freedom was achieved in exchange for the sacrifice of 3 million martyrs and the loss of honor of 200,000 mothers and sisters.

Under the leadership of Bangabandhu, the country called independent Bangladesh appeared on the world map. Bengali-Bengali-Bangabandhu and Bangladesh are one and an inseparable part. The visionary statesman Bangabandhu realized this deeply and took the necessary initiatives. Later, with Bangabandhu's sole effort, Bangladesh became a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on September 5, 1973. Following this, Bangabandhu established the Satellite Earth Station on June 14, 1975, at Betbunia. As a result, Bangladesh can easily communicate with the outside world. Maintaining uninterrupted communication with the outside world is essential for the development of a country, the benefits of which we are enjoying today due to the foresight of Bangabandhu.

The multiple uses and importance of information technology today cannot be overstated. The Internet is the fastest way to exchange information from one end of the world to another. Many tasks of daily life including office work, business, transactions, agriculture, medicine, and education are becoming faster and easier with the help of modern technology. We are now so dependent on information technology that we cannot go a day without information technology. Bangabandhu realized many years ago what we understand now. Bangabandhu's efforts to make education universal without restricting it to any class were remarkable.

He believed that education should be uniform, mass-oriented and universal i.e. education for all. No one will be illiterate, everyone will be educated. The new generation will move forward with Bangabandhu's ideals in their hearts. Bangabandhu's contribution during his 55 years of life, fighting against the Pakistani rulers and achieving the independence of Bangladesh, cannot be erased. Even in the reconstruction of the country after independence, it has a great role. His success as a statesman from 1972 to August 15, 1975, is not less.

Some people have criticized some of his actions at this time. Even if those criticisms are taken for granted, the name of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib will be remembered as long as there is a state called 'Bangladesh' due to the establishment of an independent state for the Bengali nation called 'Bangladesh'. Even the contributions of other people in the history of Bangladesh's independence, no matter how small, cannot be erased by anyone. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib was not only the leader of the Awami League. Before the elections of 1970, he became the leader of all freedom-loving Bengalis. That is why those who cherish the spirit of the liberation war in Bangladesh, Bangabandhu also. Describing him and his contribution is also a distortion of history.

The writer is a, researcher & columnist

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