68 yrs of Language Movement
Published: 11:20 AM, 20 February 2020 Updated: 02:15 PM, 20 February 2020
The nation will observe the ‘Shaheed Dibash’ (Martyrs' Day) and International Mother Language Day as well as the 68 years anniversary of the historic language movement tomorrow. The 21st of February is a day of mourning and sorrow for the Bengali nation, while the glory of supreme sacrifice for the Bengal's rights become revealed in every Bengali.
The International Mother Language Day will be celebrated in appropriate dignity commemorating the language martyrs all over the countries in the world, including Bangladesh. The nation will pay tribute to the great martyrs of Ekushey through various programs including floral offerings at the central Shaheed Minar altar and discussion in various places.
President Md. Abdul Hamid will present the first wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar at one minute past zero hours. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay tribute to the martyrs' memory soon thereafter.
The President and the Prime Minister will also issue separate messages on the eve of the day, paying glowing tributes to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement of 1952.
Besides, a discussion meeting will be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center on Saturday, February 22 at 3 pm. The Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will preside over it.
Different political-social-cultural-professional organizations will arrange various programs, including seminars and cultural functions, to observe the Amar (immortal) Ekushey and International Mother Language Day in a befitting manner.
People from all walks of life will pay glowing tributes to memories of the language movement martyrs, the valiant sons of the soil who made supreme sacrifices to establish the rights of the mother tongue, Bangla, in 1952.
The day will also be observed around the world as the UNESCO recognized the Ekushey February as the International Mother Language Day on November 17, 1999.
The government, however, has already taken extensive programs to observe the ‘Shaheed Dibash’ and the International Mother Language Day on February 21 in a befitting manner.
Like previous years, Dhaka University (DU) authorities will organize the programs at the Central Shaheed Minar in coordination with other relevant agencies.
National dailies will publish special supplements marking the day and Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television and private radio stations and television channels will air special programs on the occasion.
On February 21 in 1952, Salam, Rafique, Shafique, Jabbar and Barkat embraced martyrdom in police firing in front of the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) as they took to the street to intensify the campaign to establish Bangla as the state language of the then Pakistan, sowing the seeds of subsequent movements for the country’s independence.
They were killed as police opened fire on students, demonstrating under the All-Party Students Action Committee against conspiracies of Pakistani rulers to declare “Urdu” as the only state language.
The movement for Bangla, however, did not stop and the Pakistan government on February 29, 1956, was compelled to recognize Bangla as one of the state languages besides Urdu.
The decision, however, could not stop the movement against repression and misrule of the Pakistani government and subsequently led to the War of Independence and ultimately the emergence of Bangladesh.
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