Historic 7th March

The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman called upon the people of Bangladesh on the 7th March 1971 at Suharawrdy Uddyan to get ready with whatever they have with them to struggle for indendence. The speech was delivered during a period of escalating tensions between East Pakistan (Bangladesh) and the powerful political and military establishment of West Pakistan.

In the speech, the Father of the Nation proclaimed: "This time is the struggle for our freedom. This time is the struggle for our independence." He announced a civil disobedience movement in East Pakistan, calling for "every house to turn into a fortress". The speech inspired the people to prepare for a war of independence amid widespread reports of armed mobilisation by West Pakistan.

The Bangladesh Liberation War began 18 days later, when the Pakistan Army launched Operation Searchlight against Bengali civilians, intelligentsia, students, politicians, and armed personnel.

On 30 October 2017, UNESCO added the speech in the Memory of the World Register as a documentary heritage.