Published:  05:43 PM, 10 March 2021

Bangladesh High Commission London unveils Irish, Scottish and Welsh translations ofBangabandhu’s historic 7 March Speech

Bangladesh High Commission London unveils Irish, Scottish and Welsh translations ofBangabandhu’s historic 7 March Speech

Bangladesh High Commission, London has unveiled the first-ever translations ofBangabandhu’s 7 March   Speech in  Irish, Scottish and  Welsh   languages in a  specialpublication titled “A call for freedom in languages”. At a special initiative of BangladeshHigh Commissioner to the UK and Ireland Saida Muna Tasneem, language experts of TrinityCollege, Dublin, Herriot-Watt University, Scotland and University of Wales Trinity SaintDavid accomplished the translations in their respective languages. Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen graced the high-profile commemorativeevent as the Chief Guest and virtually unveiled the special publication where ministers, MPs,academics,   language   experts   and   eminent   community   members   from   England,   Wales,Scotland and Republic of Ireland joined to pay their highest tribute to Bangladesh’s FoundingFather and his historic 7 March Speech.State Minister for Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh Mr. K M Khalid, MP, Ministerfor Europe and Prime Minister’s Office of the Irish Foreign Ministry Mr. Thomas Byrne, MPand First Minister of Wales Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS were the Guests of Honour at theevent held on Monday. Chaired by High Commissioner Saida Muna Tasneem, the commemorative eventwas also attended and addressed by Ms. Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Former Director, Mr.Julian Knight, MP, UK’s House of Commons Select Committee on Digital, Culture, Mediaand Sports Chairman, Ms Joanna Cherry QC and MP, Ms. Sarah Boyack, MSP, Dr SanjuktaGhosh, Artistic  Director  at  SOAS South  Asia Institute, Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor and  Professor Menna Elfyn of University of Wales Trinity Saint David, ProfessorSir Geoff Palmer of Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, Dr. Eoin Mac Cárthaigh, Head of theDepartment of Irish, Celtic Studies, and Professor Juliette Hussey, Vice President for GlobalRelations of  Trinity College  Dublin, Dr.  Duncan Stewart Sneddon,  an expert  in ScottishLanguage and History, Mr Sultan Mahmud Shariff, British-Bangladeshi senior communitymember and Mr Noim Uddin Riaz.Unveiling the translations, Foreign Minister Dr A.K. Abdul Momen said, “Thisspecial publication would certainly bring the history of Bangladesh’s independence and thecharismatic oratory of the Bangabandhu closer to the Irish, Scottish and Welsh people anddeepen our cultural heritage, linguistic linkages and human connectivity.”While   recalling   his   presence   at   Dhaka   Racecourse,   the   Foreign   Ministercommented   that   the   7th   March  speech   by   Bangabandhu   does   not  only   tell   the   story   ofstruggles   for   freedom  of   the   oppressed   Bengali   nation  but   as   a  UNESCO DocumentaryHeritage of Mankind, it remains an everlasting inspiration for all oppressed and freedom-loving people around the world, wherever their homeland is, whatever language they speak. State Minister for Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh Mr. K M Khalid said that thetranslation   of   Bangabandhu’s   historic   7   March   Speech   in   three   European   and   Britishlanguages is a commendable initiative by the Bangladesh High Commission of London whichwill encourage further research and studies on Bangabandhu and Bangladesh at the Europeanand UK universities. High Commissioner Saida Muna Tasneem in her opening remarks said, “We takegreat pride that the historic 7 March Speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is thefirst Bengali language document translated into Scottish, Irish and Welsh, which will take

Bangabandhu’s epic speech closer to the people of Scotland, Ireland and Welsh.” Noting thatthe translation of the historic 7 March Speech into three more European languages will makethe total foreign language translations to 17. The High Commissioner reaffirmed that theLondon  High   Commission   would   be   working   closely   with   the  University   of   Edinburgh,Trinity St David’s and the Trinity College of Dublin for commissioning further research onthe political significance of this UNESCO World Documentary heritage speech.Minister for Europe and Prime Minister’s Office of the Irish Foreign Ministry Mr.Thomas   Byrne   said,   “With   its   translation   in   Irish   language,   people   of   Ireland   will   nowunderstand the importance of the speech of Bangladesh’s Founding Father the Bangabandhuand the precious words of this historic speech would bring the Irish people closer to the spiritof Bangladesh as mentioned by Bangabandhu”. First Minister of Wales Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS said, “The translation ofhistoric 7 March Speech of the Bangabandhu in Welsh will help people of Wales learn moreabout   the   history   of   Bangladesh’s   independence   while   it   will   continue   to   motivate   allfreedom-loving people across the glob

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