Dhaka, Nov 14 (UNB) – The Jatiya Sangsad (JS) on Tuesday unanimously adopted a motion thanking the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) for recognising the historic 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as part of the world’s documentary heritage.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed placed the motion in the House with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair, which was passed by voice vote following a marathon discussion over the proposal. More than 55 MPs across the board joined the six-hour discussion over the motion.
With the adoption of the motion, Parliament also thanked all those involved in the process of achieving the recognition.
On October 30 last, the historic 7th March speech of the Father of the Nation was included in the Memory of the International World Register, a list of world’s important documentary heritage maintained by Unesco.
Tofail Ahmed in his proposal said today it is proved that Bangabandhu’s 7th March Speech is the world best speech. The recognition from Unesco was expected one. “The 18-minute extempore speech of Bangabandhu pushed the whole Bengali nation towards the freedom. It was clear guidelines for the liberation war.”
He said Bangabandhu in his firm voice declared ‘Ebarer Sangram Amader Muktir Sangram, Ebarer Sangram Amader Swadhinotar Sangram’ (This war is a war for freedom, this war is a war for independence), which did not inspire only Bengali nation but also stirred the world conscious.
Joining the discussion, Prime Minister and also leader of the House Sheikh Hasina said it is not merely a speech, rather it is guideline and sources of inspiration for the exploited, deprived, oppressed people to realise their rights. “It is also means for the oppressed and deprived communities of the entire world to materialise their rights,” she added.
Noting that the existence, history and all things of the country involved with this historical speech, the Prime Minister regretted that a generation of the country grew up without hearing the speech.
She mentioned that airing the speech was banned after the brutal killing of Bangabandhu in 1975. “Because, the phantom of Pakistanis ruled the country and they never raise the true history of the country,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the history will always uphold the truth. It can’t be prevented despite repeated attempts. This is only the speech in the world, whose record was played the most, she said.
She also mentioned that though the speech is a 46-year old one, but it still seems new when its record is played.
The Prime Minister thanked Unesco and all those who were involved in the process of attaining the recognition.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim said the 7th March Speech was the best speech of Bangabandhu.
Terming Bangabandhu a political poet, he said the speech will always remain in the heart of Bengalis if even the Unesco did not recognise the historic speech, he said.
Opposition leader Raushon Ershad said they are pleased for getting the recognition from the Unesco. “It was not merely a speech. Rather it was philosophy and guideline for the self-disclosure of Bengali nation.”
Bangabandhu’s speech reflected his affectionate to the Bengali nation. He was a God-gifted leader. “We’ve yet to establish Bangabandhu as the Father of the nation. Every man still does not call him as the father of nation…We’ll have to work together to establish him as the father of the nation,” she said.
Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain said earlier the speech was only asset of the Bengali nation, but it has now turned as an asset of the whole world.
Awami League MP Dr Muhammad Abdul Razzaque said the recognition from Unesco is a great recognition for the nation. Bangabandhu emerged a political poet in the world arena through the historic speech.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said his ministry first placed the speech in Unesco in 2010 for inclusion in the Memory of the World International Register.
Ministers AH Mahmood Ali, Matia Chowdhury, AKM Mozammel Huq, Shajan Khan, Asaduzzaman Noor, Shamsur Rahman Sherif, Mostafizur Rahman, Hasanul Haq Inu and Rashed Khan Menon, Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah, Chief Whip ASM Feroz, Awami League MPs Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Dr Dipu Moni, Abdul Matin Khasru and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Jatiya Party MPs Kazi Firoz Rashid, Fakhrul Imam and Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu, Jasod MP Moin Uddin Khan Badal, independent MP Rustum Ali Faraji, among others, joined the discussion.