News Centre -TDO- On 8 March, the Consulate General of Bangladesh in Istanbul co-hosted a webinar titled “Leadership beyond the Border” with Fatih Sultan Mehmet University to commemorate the historic 7th March 1971 speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The historic speech that electrified the entire nation and united the millions of people for their freedom and independence in 1971 has been recognized by the UNESCO as a World Documentary Heritage. This landmark speech has been included in the Memory of the World International Register – a Register maintained by the UNESCO containing documents of immense global significance.

Moderated by the Consul General Dr. Mohammad Monirul Islam, the webinar was addressed by Prof. Dr. Fahameddin Basar, the Vice Rector of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet University, noted historian Prof. Dr. Azmi Ozcan; and Teacher of Yıldız Technical University and South-Asian Scholar and Researcher, Ms. Elif Bali Kurtarir. 

In the webinar, the speakers discussed the historical background, context and significance of the historic 7th March speech as well as its relevance to the contemporary world. They also highlighted the shared vision, ideals and philosophy of Great Leaders like Bangabandhu, Mahatma Gandhi and Ataturk in nation building and nation development. Historical connections between Bangladesh and Turkey were also discussed in great detail during the webinar.

Consul General, Dr. Islam informed the participants that some of the historical documents including the historic 7th March speech has been translated into Turkish language, which he hoped would contribute towards further enhancing the understanding and connectivity between the friendly peoples of Bangladesh and Turkey. This year marks a special year for Bangladesh as the people of the country are celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and set to celebrate the 50th anniversary (Golden Jubilee) of glorious independence of Bangladesh, Consul General expressed.

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