BANGABANDHU SHEIKH MUJABUR RAHMAN’S SPEECH IN REPLY TO PRESIDENT OF INDIA

GITI’S ADDRESS OF WELCOME

January 10,1972

For me, this is a most gratifying moment, I have decided to stop over in this historic Capital of your country on my way back to Bangladesh. For this is the least I can do to pay personal tribute to the best Friends of my people of India and this Government under the leadership of your magnificent prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, cheers. She is not only a leader of men, but also of mankind.

you all have worked so untiringly and sacrificed so gallantly in making this journey possible this journey form darkness to light, form captity to freedom, form desolation to hope.

I am at last going to sonar Bangla, the land of my derms, after a period of nine months. In these nine months, my people have traversed centuries.

When I was taken away from my people, they wept, when I was held in captivity, they fought and now that I go back to them, they are victorious. I go to join my people in the tremendous tasts that now lie ahead in turning victory into a road of peace, progress and prosperity. I go back not with any hatred in any heart for anyone, but with the satisfaction that truth has at last triumphed over falsehood, sanity over insanity, courage over cowardice, justice, good over evil, joi bangla, jai Hind.