She said that no one will be able to foil the independence of the country and no one can destroy the ideology of Bangabandhu.

“The world is very much open to the new generations, so they cannot be confused anymore,” she said.

She also mentioned that vested quarters was able to mislead the young generations for 21 years after the assassination of Bangabandhu.

“But that cannot be done now, this is my firm belief,” she said.

The PM said that Bangabandhu’s historic speech of 7 March will encourage the Bangalis decades after decades.

She recalled that after the assassination of the Father of the Nation the speech was banned by the killers so no one can broadcast and listen to it.

She said it was unfortunate that the speech that inspired the Bangalis to gain independence was banned.

In this connection, she said that many leaders and activists of Awami League and Chhatra League had been tortured and killed for playing this speech.

She mentioned that the anti-independence regime distorted the history of the Independence for long 21 years.

“There were attempts to erase the spirit of the Liberation War, bloodshed of millions of martyrs and struggle of the people from the history. Now this is proved that no one can erase the truth,” she said.

“This speech will remain as an eternal speech in the world,” she added.

“This speech still motivates us to go forward and free the country from oppression and deprivation,” she said.

State minister for cultural affairs K M Khalid presided over the programme where liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque, education minister Dipu Moni, among others, spoke.

At the beginning of the programme Bangabandhu’s iconic 7 March speech was played. Sheikh Hasina also witnessed the cultural programme.

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