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21 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Historic DMCH gate gets face-lift ahead of Ekushey

Shehab ahmed
Historic DMCH gate gets face-lift ahead of Ekushey
Dhaka Medical College Hospital gate

Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) authorities have taken up renovation work of the emergency and casualty ward entrance on the eve of Language Movement Day. It was through this gate that students of Dhaka University (DU) had surged out in 1952 by disregarding the clamping of Section 144 by the then administration of chief minister Nurul Amin of the East Pakistan government. The administration had prohibited the assembly of more than five people to throttle a burst of protests by Bengalis against the Pakistani conspiracy to make Urdu the Lingua Franca of Pakistan instead of Bangla. But the prohibition did not work as the incensed students, after holding a rally under a mango tree next to the entrance of DU Arts Faculty, decided unanimously to take to the streets. Many of them lost their lives to bullets as they were trying to uphold the prestige of their own language. The Language Movement paved the way for the Liberation War in 1971.

The massive gate is in a dilapidated state now. It has been taken over by vendors, drug users, and idlers who care little about a proud nation’s glorious history.

Workers were seen yesterday sprucing up the massive structure. But a day’s effort would not erase the shame of the failure to preserve the gate as part of the country’s history.

Earlier, there had been attempts by the Dhaka City Corporation and the culture ministry to preserve this historic gate in a befitting manner. But those efforts eventually got lost in the dusty labyrinths of official files. However, DMCH director told The Independent yesterday that they have plans to preserve the gate permanently.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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