Feb 20, 2012 at 12:18 o\clock

15 receive Ekushey Padak-2012

by: bangladesh   Keywords: Ekushey, padak, Masud, Munir

Ekushey Padak 2012 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all to remain alert about upholding the spirit of ‘Amar Ekushey’ (immortal 21st) and said that those who reject the four main pillars of the Language Movement and the independence are the enemies of Ekushey and our independence.

“To face them, we’ll have to infuse the spirit of Ekushey among the new generation and widely practice Bangla language and literature in every field and sphere of our social life,” she said.

The premier was addressing a function, marking the distribution of ‘Ekushey Padak’ for 2012, at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city on Monday.

Hasina also urged all to establish a knowledge-based prosperous, peaceful and non-communal Bangladesh in line with the spirit of ‘Amar Ekushey’ as well as the ‘Sonar Bangla’ dreamt by father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad presided over the function organised by the Cultural Affairs Ministry.

State Minister for Cultural Affairs Adv Promode Mankin was the special guest at the programme, which was conducted by Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan.

The Prime Minister handed over the prestigious Ekushey Padak-2012 to fifteen distinguished personalities in recognition of their contributions in respective fields.

Each recipient got a gold medal and Tk 100,000 along with a citation.

The 15 recipients of Ekushey Padak-2012: Momtaz Begum (posthumous) for the Language Movement; artist Mobinul Azim (posthumous), filmmaker Tareq Masud (posthumous), artistes Dr Inamul Haque, Mamunur Rashid and Karunamoy Goswami for performing arts; Ehtesham Haidar Chowdhury (posthumous), Ashfaq Muneir Chowdhury (posthumous) and Habibur Rahman Milon in journalism; Prof Ajay Kumar Roy, Dr Mansurur Alam Khan and Dr AK Nazmul Karim (posthumous) in education, Prof Baren Chakraborti in science and technology; Srimat Shuddhanand Mohathero for social work; and late Prof Dr Humayan Azad for language and literature.

The Prime Minister said the language movement was the result of non-communal spirit of the Bengalis and bearing this spirit, father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1972 adopted secularism as one of the main principles in the constitution.

She alleged that after 1975, the military government had rehabilitated the anti-liberation forces in the country betraying the spirit of immortal Ekushey and also mutilated the constitution.

“We’ve restored the glorious tale of the Bengalis through the (15th) amendment of the constitution,” she added.

Hasina said that the Bangabandhu gave his speech in Bengali at the United Nations in 1974 to portray the tradition of Bangla and Bengalis in the world arena. “Following the father of the nation, I also gave my speech in Bengali at the UN General Assembly.”

She said the government, beginning this month, made it mandatory to install full-fledged Bangla key pad in basic mobile handsets of all brands. Besides, initiatives have been taken to formulate the 2nd country coded top level domain dotbangla apart from dotbd (.bd).

The premier said her government has established the International Mother Language Institute after enacting the International Mother Language Act for the preservation of and conducting researches in languages of different ethnic people of the world.

She said efforts are also on to gain recognition of Bangla as the official language at the United Nations and a proposal has already been placed before the UN General Assembly in this regard.

“The illustrious melody on bloodstained ‘Amar Ekushey February’ has now spread to 193 countries of the world,” she added.

Hasina recalled the contributions of language martyrs - Salam, Barkat, Rafique, Jabbar, Shafiur and others. She also recalled the contribution of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman during the language movement as he had been imprisoned several times while giving lead to the movement. —UNB

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