Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim speaks at a seminar on Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech organised by Samprity Bangladesh at the National Press Club in the capital on Thursday. Photo: BP

Staff Correspondent
As an unparalleled leader, only Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina can build ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Imbued with the lessons from Bangabandhu’s Historic March 7 speech, Sheikh Hasina, who is considered as the best administrator in the sub-continent, has embarked on a journey to implement the unfinished work of Bangabandhu, with a view to turning Bangladesh into a developed nation.
Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rejaul Karim made the comments while addressing a seminar titled ‘Bangabandhu’s March 7 Speech: A Direction of Liberation War’ on Thursday at the National Press Club in the capital on Thursday.
The minister said Bangabandhu’s 19-minute speech had a significant impact on encouraging freedom-seeking Bangalees to unite and prepare for a righteous fight against Pakistani occupation force.
“I think the historic speech is greater than any other speeches in the world, considering the kind of tensed situation the then East Pakistan was going through during that time under then military rule,” he said.
“The speech was the ‘Magna Karta’ for the Bangalees as Bangabandhu passed all necessary directives very technically through it for the country’s independence, which is still relevant to our lives,” he added.
The minister said Bangabandhu, a leader who could read the pulse of Bangalees, invoked the whole nation through only a 19-minute speech for sacrificing their lives to the cause of the nation.
“The world should conduct extensive researches on the Bangabandhu’s speech as it is a guideline for the all freedom-loving people,” he added.
Editor-in-Chief of Bangladesh Post Sharif Shahab Uddin, in his speech, said, “Bangabandhu’s historic speech awakened conscience of 7.5 crore Bangalees to fight for their rights.”
“During the pre-independence era, there were many contemporary big political leaders in the country but only Bangabandhu was that personality who could deliver such a historic speech before 2 million people, making them finally prepared for the War of Liberation,” he said.
“None but Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had the mandate to deliver such a speech for the nation,” he mentioned.
The then ruling Pakistani government knew that Bangabandhu was the de facto Bangalee leader but they could not believe the fact that he could earn the independence only through a guerrilla warfare.
“The historic speech was the befitting reply to 24-year oppressions by the despotic Pakistan government after its independence in 1947,” he said.
“Considering the significance, Bangabandhu’s speech was greater than those of Fidel Castro or VI Lenin’s speeches as some 20 lakh people assembled in the then Racecourse Maidan to get the final directive from him for the war,” he added.
“As this speech is for all, we should spread it to every nook and corner of the country to make countrymen know the historical truths,” he opined.
Former information secretary Nasir Uddin said, “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gifted us the independence through his historic speech.”
Sommilito Sangskritik Jote president Golam Kuddus said, “The magnitude of the historic speech could never be finished through talks as the basis of our independence was laid upon this.”
Among others, former Secretary and High Commissioner AKM Atiqur Rahman, Former Vice-Chancellor of BSMMU Kamrul Hasan, Professor ABM Faruk, Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad (SWACHIP) joint secretary Uttam Barua, were also present on the occasion and spoke.
Convener of Sampriti Bangladesh Pijush Bandyopadhyay chaired the programme.