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‘7th March Speech’ to be Translated into 3 Languages

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7th March Speech Bangladesh High Commission in London has taken an initiative to translate the historic 7th March speech delivered by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman into three languages.

The three languages are: Welsh, Scottish and Irish, said a press release received here today. Bangladesh High Commissioner in London Saida Muna Tasneem disclosed the information while addressing a special ceremony held on the High Commission premises marking the historic 7th March speech of Bangabandhu on Saturday.

She said that there is a certain rule and method of translating the historic speech of Bangabandhu. Following the rules and procedures, the historic speech of Bangabandhu will be translated in ‘Mujib Year’ with the help of concerned authorities of Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

The speech [English] Bangabandhu started with the lines, “Today, I appeared before you with a heavy heart. You know everything and understand it as well. We tried with our lives. But the painful matter is that today, in Dhaka, Chattogram, Khulna, Rajshahi and Rangpur, the streets are dyed red with the blood of our brethren. Today the people of Bengal want freedom, the people of Bengal want to survive, the people of Bengal want to have their rights. What wrong did we do?”

He mentioned four conditions for joining the National Assembly on 25 March:
  • The immediate lifting of martial law;
  • The immediate withdrawal of all military personnel to their barracks;
  • The immediate transfer of power to elected representatives of the people;
  • A proper inquiry into the loss of life during the conflict.
He also gave several directives for a civil disobedience movement, instructing that:
  • People should not pay taxes;
  • Government servants should take orders only from him;
  • The secretariat, government and semi-government offices, and courts in East Pakistan should observe strikes, with necessary exemptions announced from time to time;
  • Only local and inter-district telephone lines should function;
  • Railways and ports could continue to function, but their workers should not co-operate if they were used to repress the people of East Pakistan.
The speech lasted about 19 minutes and concluded with, “Our struggle, this time, is a struggle for our freedom. Our struggle, this time, is a struggle for our independence. Joy Bangla!” It was a de facto declaration of Bangladesh’s independence.

International media had descended upon East Pakistan for the speech amidst speculation that Sheikh Mujib would make a unilateral declaration of independence from Pakistan. However, keeping in mind the failures of Rhodesia’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence and of the Biafra struggle in Nigeria, he did not make a direct declaration. Nevertheless, the speech was effective in giving Bengalis a clear goal of independence.

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