There are a few such speeches that serve as a catalyst to a country’s freedom. The 7th march speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is one of them. Bangabandhu delivered the speech on 7th March 1971. It was extempore and lasted only 19 minutes. But it had changed the course of the country’s history and also the subcontinent.
At the very beginning of the speech, Bangabandhu reminded the audience how they were deprived of their rights and made an urge to the roaring people from all walks of life to prepare for armed struggle against the exploitation and deprivation by the Pakistani military junta. Bangabandhu proclaimed:
“The struggle this time is for our emancipation
The struggle this time is for our independence.”
After 23-year-old endurance to political and military suffering and exploitation, it was a required call. On this very day, the ground of our free country was built.
In the words of poet Nirmolendo Goon.
” Since that day, the word ” Independence” is ours.”
Bangladesh delivered this epoch-making speech amidst a turmoiling situation in East Pakistan. The then Pakistan ruling military oligarchy refused to hand over the power to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, whose party achieved an overwhelming majority in the first-ever general election held in Pakistan in 1970. President General Yahya summoned the National Assembly but reportedly postponed it and, there arose unprecedented civil uprising and non-cooperation movement under the charismatic leadership of Bangladesh.
What Banglalees won through bullets, the Pakistan ruling military junta wanted to usurp by Bullets. The Pakistan Army launched Operation Searchlight” and went on a killing spree against unarmed Bengali civilians, intellectuals, students, politicians, and armed personal. But being imbued with the spirit of Bangbhandhu’s speech, the Bangalees fought against the military Juntas with whatever they possessed spontaneously and secure their resounding victory over them after a 9-month-bloody war. And the world witnessed how an address awoke the whole nation and encouraged them to leap into the war of liberation for independence.
The International magazine Newsweek termed Bangabhandhu as the ‘Poet of Politics’ in 1971. UNESCO also registered this fiery speech of Bangabandhu in the” Memory of the world register.”
This historic speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman reminds us of how powerful it was. This speech had united Bangalees to come into a single platform and helped gain the victory. It also will motivate and inspire the deprived, exploited, and freedom-lover people of the world in the days to come.