by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
The High Court has ordered the government to include in textbooks the clerical call that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had made for waging a war against Pakistan to liberate Bangladesh in early March of 1971.
A bench of the court comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice Shahed Nuruddin passed the order on Wednesday asking the authorities concerned to include the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu in the textbook of primary, secondary, higher secondary and university levels.
“An expert committee will do the job of inclusion the speech in the textbooks,” said lawyer Bashir Ahmed said in reference to the court order which came after further hearing of a rule issued earlier on a petition filed by Ahmed.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of independent Bangladesh, called upon his people in the then East Pakistan to get ready for a war to liberate Bangladesh from the Pakistani occupation forces. His call eventually led to a bloody war that lasted for nine months to achieve victory on December 16, 1971.
The court also asked the government to expedite the work of building sculpture of the Father of the Nation at Suhrawardy Udyan, formerly known as Race Course Ground where the Bangabandhu delivered his speech, and implement the earlier order of setting up Bangabandhu’s murals in all the districts.
The HC on February 25, 2020, had ordered authorities concerned to declare March 7 as ‘Historic National Day’ and issue a gazette notification within next one month.
The court on that day ruled as to why it shall not pass order to include the glorious history of March 7 the education curriculum. On November 20, 2017, the court issued another rule asking the authorities to explain in three weeks as to why March 7 shall not be declared as Historic National Day.
The court in its rule also had asked why a stage will not be recreated at the place in Suhrawardy Udyan, where Bangabandhu stood and delivered his historic speech on March 7, 1971, accorded reception to former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and where Pakistani occupation army surrendered to the allied force on December 16, 1971.