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How Bangabandhu's March 7 speech received Unesco recognition

  • Published at 11:49 am November 1st, 2017
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How Bangabandhu's March 7 speech received Unesco recognition
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's historic March 7 speech, which inspired millions of Bangalis to take up arms and join the Liberation War, was recognised by Unesco as part of the world's documentary heritage on October 30. Only significant historical events make it to the list. Unesco has decided to include 78 events in its list for 2016-17. The list is updated every two years. Unesco's Memory of the World project was launched in 1992. A roundtable was held on March 5 last year to have Bangladesh's historical heritages in the list. Apart from Bangabandhu's March 7 speech, Bangladesh had initially proposed including 12 other things such as the national anthem, various events of the Liberation War and Amar Ekushey Probhat Ferry. Works by renowned artists like Zainul Abedin, and ancient inscriptions found in Mahasthangarh were also forwarded for inclusion.
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The Memory of the World International Register is a list of documents created to ensure preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world. A document has to bear immense significance and form part of documentary heritage of the world at large to be included in the registrar. Unesco includes items in its Memory of the World list after review and selection by International Advisory Committee (ICS). The committee, in turn, appoints a panel of experts and selects events after discussing on the panel's recommendations. For the 2016-17 list, the committee appointed 14 experts and met on October 24-27 to discuss the panel's recommendations. It decided to include 78 historical events in its list for 2016-17. The Memory of the World Register now includes a total of 427 documents and collection from all continents. Bangladesh's founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman effectively declared independence in his historic March 7 speech at the then Race Course and called on fellow Bangalis to take up arms. He had ended his 19-minute speech saying: "This time, the struggle is for our liberation, this time the struggle is for our independence."
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Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said the world would get to know more about Bangabandhu. "This speech inspired the nation," he said. "The Bangalis got ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for independence and joined the War of Liberation. "This speech keeps inspiring generation after generation." The article was first published on Bangla Tribune