Dhaka – The government has decided to celebrate on November 25 the UNESCO recognition of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s speech, which inspired the whole nation to wage liberation war in 1971, as a world documentary heritage.
State-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency reported that the decision for the celebration came last week at a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury presided over the meeting attended by officials from different ministries, divisions. A section of civil society actors and media representatives attended the meeting, according to the news agency.
“We think recognition of Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech as a world documentary heritage is a great achievement for the nation as well as for its history and heritage,” Naser was quoted as saying.
Inclusion of the speech in the world documentary heritage means involvement with the everlasting world heritage, he added.
Joyous processions involving the people of all classes and professions as well as government and private organisations will be staged across the country on November 25, he said, for the celebration.
The programme has been taken to inform the people, particularly students and future generations, about the national and international significance of the Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech.
The top government official said the celebration won’t be limited to as only a festival, it will be in fact as awareness build-up programme so that the students and next generation could be well-informed about the speech.
Describing the recognition as a great pride for Bangalee nation and Bangla language, he said that everybody, especially students, should know about the national and international significance of Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech.
The UN agency for culture and heritage on October 30 announced its decision of including Bangabandhu’s speech as one of the world’s documentary heritages.
UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova announced the decision at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.
“They should also know that what is the Memory of the World International Register and what is the World Documentary Heritage,” Naser said adding that the government had been mulling for taking a special class in all educational institutions to inform the students about these crucial issues.
Initiatives will also be taken to preserve the March 7 speech as a visible one in all public libraries and educational institutions which will remain as a pride for the nation.
Cultural functions and concerts will be staged across the country to inform about the significance of the speech, said the secretary adding that the speech would be broadcast in various languages so that world people can know about it.
“We will engage our missions abroad in this work,” he said.
The Memory of the World International Register is a list of documents having global significance. The objective of creating the International Register is to ensure preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world.
The International Advisory Committee (IAC) is responsible for recommending whether or not a document qualifies for inclusion in the Memory of the World International Register. The International Advisory Committee during its meeting from 24 to 27 October 2017 recommended the 7th March speech for inscription on the Memory of the World International Register.
The Memory of the World Register now includes a total of 427 documents and collection from all continents.
The 7th March speech of Bangabandhu provided inspiration to the Bengali nation in their quest for freedom and emancipation. The speech also energised the entire nation and prepared the people for the liberation struggle.
It also served as the ultimate source of inspiration for the countless freedom fighters who joined the Mukti Bahini.
Bangabandhu’s speech is played throughout the country during various national occasions and continues to reverberate in hearts and minds of the Bengali people.
This speech continues to enthral people and will continue to inspire succeeding generations of this country.