The siren that sounded Freedom

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2017


 

His appeal was to mankind’s best instincts. It belongs to all humanity.

 

The historic 7th March speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has been included in the Memory of the World International Register, a listing of the world’s important documentary heritage maintained by UNESCO.

 

Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, announced the decision on Monday, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, said a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

“The world will now get to know more about our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and our glorious Liberation War”, said Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali.

 

The 7th March speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman served as a source of inspiration for the Bengali people in their quest for freedom and emancipation in 1971.

 

The speech, delivered at the Race Course (today’s Suhrawardy Udyan) in Dhaka, galvanized an entire nation into preparing for a subsequent War of Liberation.

 

It was instrumental as an inspiration for the countless freedom fighters who gave shape to the Mukti Bahini and waged war for national liberty.

 

Bangabandhu’s speech is played throughout the country on various national occasions and continues to reverberate in the hearts and minds of the Bengali people.

 

This seminal speech has inspired generations and will continue to serve as a point of light for those to come in the future.

 

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 IAC, during its meeting from October 24 to 27, 2017, recommended the 7th March speech for inscription in the Memory of the World International Register.

 

The Memory of the World Register now includes a total of 427 documents and collections from all continents.

 

The objective of creating the International Register is to ensure the preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world.

 

A document, in order to be included in the Memory of the World International Register, must satisfy UNESCO that it bears immense historical significance and therefore qualifies to be part of documentary heritage on a global scale.

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