Clippings portray historic March 7 speech

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:41, Mar 14,2020


Visitors look at newspaper clippings on historic March 7 speech at Liberation War Museum. — Abdullah Apu

Liberation War Museum is displaying clippings of newspaper articles, magazines and others documenting the tumultuous days of March 1971 at a ten-day exhibition under way at its Gallery 6 at Agargaon, Dhaka.

The exhibition, which has been organised by the museum, gives visitors a glimpse into the historic March 7 speech of country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and following events. It has begun on March 7.

The event, titled ‘Bishwajurey Dhwanito Pratidhwanito Bangabandhur Bhashan’, is featuring 20 exhibits comprising clippings of articles published in both national and international newspapers and magazines namely The Azad, Sangbad, Newsweek, Time, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, The People, The Pakistan Observer, The Japan Times, Morning News, certificates from UNESCO recognising the March 7 speech of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered at the then Ramna Racecourse in Dhaka on March 7, 1971 as part of the world’s documentary heritage, LP records of the speech and others.

To mention a few clippings, the front page of The Pakistan Observer, dated March 2, contains news with headlines like ‘NA Postponed Sine die’ and ‘Demonstrations’ while the front page of Sangbad, published on March 8, 1971, contains the headlines like  ‘Ebar Swadhinotar Sangram: Mujib’,  ‘Dhaka Betar O Television Kendra Bandho’ and ‘Mujiber Nirdesh’.

The front page of Morning News, dated March 8, 1971, contains articles with headlines ‘Transfer Power Immediately’, ‘Non-corruption Movement Must Continue, says Mujib’, ‘Dacca Betar Kendra Goes off the Air’ and others.

The Azad front page, published on March 12, contains the headline ‘Janagan Itihas Smrishti Koriyachhe’.

Besides, a cover of the Newsweek magazine has been displayed at the exhibition. The cover shows a photograph of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with title ‘Civil War in Pakistan’ while an issue of Time magazine contains an article titled ‘Pakistan: Toppling Over The Brink’.

The exhibition will end on March 17.

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