Bangladesh

Feb 21, 2012 at 01:46 o\clock

Amar Ekushey & International Mother Language Day observed

Ekushey Padak 2012 Dhaka 21 Feb 2012: DHAKA: The nation Tuesady paid homage to the martyrs of the historic language movement of 1952 to mark the Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day.

President M Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia placed wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar to lead the nation in paying floral homage to the martyrs.

The mournful immortal chorus ‘Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano Ekushey February, Ami Ki Bhulite Pari’ was reverberated all around in memory of the language heroes.

President M Zillur Rahman first placed a wreath and then Premier Sheikh Hasina laid another on the altar of the memorial to the martyrs of the 1952 language movement after zero hour amid a tight security in and around the Central Shaheed Minar.

They stood in solemn silence for some time in respect to the memory of the martyrs, who won the last battle for establishing Bengali as a state language during the then exploitative Pakistani regime and paved the way with their blood for Bangladesh’s independence in 1971.

After the offerings made by the President and the PM, members of the cabinet, MPs, senior leaders of the ruling Awami League placed their floral wreaths on the martyrs’ altar.

Before the SSF security rolled up, opposition leader in parliament Begum Khaleda Zia along with the senior BNP leaders offered their tribute to the martyrs at Shaheed Minar.

Later, walking barefoot to the Central Shaheed Minar with flowers, and singing ‘Amar bhaiyer rokte rangano

Ekushey February’, commoners paid tribute to the language movement heroes, who sacrificed their lives for the recognition of Bangla as one of the state languages in erstwhile Pakistan. The day was a public holiday.

This day in 1952, students and people from all walks of life took to the street in Dhaka in protest against the then Pakistan government’s refusal to recognize Bangla as one of the state languages and imposition of Urdu as the only official language of Pakistan.

Salam, Barkat, Rafique, Shafique, Jabbar and a few other vanguards sacrificed themselves to establish Bangla as one of the state languages of the then Pakistan.

The day has since been observed as the Language Martyrs Day, which the UNESCO later declared as the International Mother Language Day on November 17, 1999.

In the early hours of the day, the entire diplomatic corps in Bangladesh placed wreaths on the altar of the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka to pay floral homage to the language martyrs.

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