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March 7, 1971 address was "master spoke of a political genius": analyst
DHAKA, Mar 6 (BSS) - Political and international affairs analysts today called Bangabandhu's March 7, 1971 speech a crucial event for shaping the nation's history with one of the critics calling it a "master spoke of a political genius".

"None of us returned home with any frustration . . . it was a
master spoke of a political genius," Professor Imtiaz Ahmed of
Dhaka University's international affairs told BSS as approached
for an analysis of the address.

He said the speech contained nothing that could allow
Pakistani troops launch an immediate attack and simultaneously it
gave a clear guideline to the nation for waging a war for

"This coordination was of utmost necessary then . . . It is
not possible unless someone has tremendous political maturity,"
Ahmed said.

Speaking on legal terms, Ahmed said the speech was a proof
that Bangladesh did not separate itself from Pakistan and the way
the address was ended the Pakistani troops found no excuse to
launch an immediate attack as under the international law the
military assault could be carried out only when if one part of a
country secedes from the other parts.

"He did not say anything which could prompt Pakistani
military to take actions against him or the people . . . but the
nation appropriately got the expected message and guidelines
correctly from the brief extempore address," Professor of history
Dr Anwar Hossain said supplementing Ahmed.

He said every word and sentence of Bangabandhu's 19-minute
speech was "relevant and informative" and its rational inspired
and united the entire nation to launch the war for total

"The speech contained messages for oppressed Bengalis, for
Pakistani junta and for the people of the world," Hossain said.

He said in the "highly strategic speech" Bangabandhu raised
four proposals for political solution to the crisis "but I firmly
believe he knew it well that they (Pakistani junta) do not want
political solution and therefore, inevitably gave us (nation) the
directions what they will have to do".

"This second part of the speech is the central part of the
address as he uttered . . . Since we have given blood, we will
give more of it. But, Insha'Allah, we will free the people of
this land! The struggle this time is for emancipation! The
struggle this time is for independence!," Hossain said.

He said the address gave the way out how the independence
would come indicating the guerilla warfare to be the answer and
"we fought the war in line with the directive".

Mass communication expert and Dhaka university Vice
Chancellor Professor Arefin Siddiqui said "The 7th March speech
was the main mantra and theory for an independent Bangladesh".

"This address was like a war-cry during the nine months of
the liberation war . . . There were no unnecessary articulations
- only the gist or core points. However, repetition at one or two
places had reinforced the inner meaning of the speech," he said.

"This address was a de-facto declaration of Bangladesh's
independence," he said.
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