Nation Honors Language Heroes, World Observes Mother Language Day

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The nation pays deep respect to the martyrs of the 1952 language movement, marking “Amar Ekushey”, Language Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day.

The language movement, an important event in the history of the nation, aimed to establish the right to speak in the mother tongue as well as to protect identity, culture and heritage.

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President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tribute to the martyrs of the language movement earlier in the day.

On behalf of President Abdul Hamid, his Military Secretary Major General SM Salahuddin Islam paid tribute by laying a wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar at one minute past midnight.

On behalf of the Prime Minister, his military secretary, Major General Naquib Ahmed Chowdhury, paid tribute by laying a wreath at the Central Shahid Minar at the same time.

Walking barefoot to the Shaheed Minar with wreaths and flowers while chanting ‘Amar bhaiyer rakte rangano Ekushey February’, people from all walks of life pay rich tributes to the heroes of the language movement who sacrificed their lives to gain recognition for Bengali as a state language in ancient Pakistan.

On February 21, 1952, students and ordinary people in Dhaka took to the streets to protest the then Pakistani government’s denial of Bengali as the state language and the imposition of Urdu as the only language official from Pakistan.

Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar and some other brave sons of the ground were killed by police gunfire on this day in 1952 when students marched out of Dhaka University campus in violation of Article 144 for insist on their demand for Bangla to be recognized as the state language.

Being a relentless source of inspiration, ‘Amar Ekushey’ inspired and encouraged the nation to a large extent to realize the right to self-determination during the struggle for freedom and the war of liberation.

With Language Movement, the nation achieved recognition of Bengali as its mother tongue and attained its long-cherished independence under the charismatic leadership of Nation Father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1971.

The day is celebrated across the world as Unesco recognized the February month of Ekushey as International Mother Language Day on November 17, 1999.

The national flag will be flown at half-mast from all major Dhaka University buildings. Black flags will also be raised.

During this time, cultural organizations will observe the day with various programs, commemorating the martyrs of the language movement.

Organizations such as Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Liberation War Museum, Chhayanaut and others will organize special programs throughout the day, while government and private TV stations, radio stations and other cultural units will also host special programs on their respective traditional and online platforms.

The Liberation War Museum will organize a cultural program in its auditorium at 4 p.m., with a special lecture by Professor Mesbah Kamal.

During the event, recitations will be presented by artists representing different indigenous communities living in the country, and the program will also include song performances by the Garo Cultural Academy and dance recitations by the Colors of Hill.

Shilpakala Academy will hold a seminar and cultural program – “Bishwer Shob Desher Matrivasha Rokkha Korbe Bangladesh” – in its national theater hall at 6:30 p.m., with the participation of different nationals from all over the world.

Chhayanaut, the country’s renowned cultural institution, will air a special – “Fagun Masher Agun” – on Facebook and YouTube at 8 p.m., featuring songs, recitations and a special documentary presentation.

Meanwhile, President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion on Sunday.

President Hamid said: “The spirit of Amar Ekushey is now a constant source of inspiration to protect the own languages ​​and cultures of peoples of different languages ​​in the world.

“Many languages ​​in the world are now threatened with extinction over time. The extinction of a language means the disappearance of a culture, a nation and a civilization from the face of the earth.”

“Thus, the people of the world must raise their voices to protect the language and culture of all ethnic groups, including the development of their respective mother tongues and cultures.”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this year’s theme for International Mother Language Day – “Using Technology for Multilingual Learning: Challenges and Opportunities” – is very appropriate, as the government has long worked to implement implements an equitable and inclusive education policy through the use of digital technology.

“We have established the International Mother Tongue Institute, taken initiatives to preserve endangered languages ​​and protect their dignity, and ensured the use of the Bengali language in ICT. recognize Bengali as an official UN language,” she said.

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