Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday urged the people to remain alert so that the anti-liberation forces could never assume power to hinder the pace of Bangladesh’s development.
“We will have to remain alert against those forces like Razakar, al-Badr, war criminals, killers and the people who distorted the history of Bangladesh,” the Prime Minister told a gathering of hundreds of thousands of people in Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan.
People from different walks of life thronged to the Udyan to officially celebrate the UN cultural and heritage agency’s recognition of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic speech that he had delivered prior to Bangladesh’s liberation war.
Through his epic-making speech, Bangabandhu on March 7, 1971 inspired the entire nation to the armed struggle against Pakistan to liberate the country; and the UNESCO in late October this year recognised the speech as one of the world’s documentary heritage.
The celebration, organised at the place where Bangabandhu delivered the speech at Suhrawardy Udyan (the then Race Course Ground), was attended among others by senior cabinet ministers, officials, civil society actors.
The Prime Minister said Bangladesh has been making tremendous improvement under the government led by her party.
“Bangladesh is now a development role model for rest of the world. We will build the country with the spirit of the Liberation War,” she said adding that Bangabandhu, also her father, had given directions not only for the war but also for building the nation through his historic speech.
Hasina lamented that Bangabandhu was assassinated, along with most of his family, only three years after the liberation when he was working on economic emancipation of the people of Bangladesh.
The killers brought in the defeated force into the office after killing Bangabandhu, she said.
The Prime Minister thanked the UNESCO for recognition of the Bangabandhu’s speech and said it was the recognition for those who fought the liberation war.
The government arranged the rally followed by procession that began from Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi and stopped at the Udyan. Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader led the procession.
Dhaka experienced yet terrible traffic congestion as most of the roads leading to Suhrawardy Udyan was full of people walking towards the venue. The traffic remained standstill at many points for hours in the late afternoon.