The High Court yesterday observed that the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman should be included in textbooks so that youths can know about its significance.
On March 7, 1971, Bangabandhu in his fiery speech -- at the Race-course Maidan (now Suhrawardy Udyan) -- called on the freedom-loving Bangalees to wage a decisive struggle against the Pakistani oppressors.
The speech set the tone for the War of Liberation that would officially begin later that month on March 26.
Yesterday, while hearing a pending rule, the HC observed that steps should be taken so that the current generation hear the speech as they do not know about it very well.
The court also expressed dissatisfaction as the Shishu Park was not relocated from Suhrawardy Udyan.
The Shishu Park was established at Suhrawardy Udyan in order to damage the memories of Bangabandhu. The present government, which backs the independence of the country, has been in power for a long time, but why the Shishu Park is still there, questioned the HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader.
The HC asked the cabinet secretary to submit a report by February 11 in this regard and also set the same date for further hearing, Assistant Attorney General Md Saiful Islam told The Daily Star.
Following a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Bashir Ahmed, another HC bench on November 20, 2017 issued a rule asking the government to explain why it should not be directed to declare March 7 as Historic National Day.
Advocate Bashir Ahmed filed the petition in November 2017, seeking necessary order after Unesco recognised the historic speech as a world’s documentary heritage on October 31, 2017.