POST TIME: 21 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Maintain distinctive characters of Bangla: PM
21 eminent citizens receive Ekushey Padak

Maintain distinctive characters of Bangla: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday laid emphasis on maintaining the distinctive characters of Bangla and the country's culture and tradition while moving ahead to cope with the global pace, reports UNB. “We need to make sure we must not forget our language, culture and tradition. We may have to learn many languages, many things and use newer technologies, but we'll have to uphold our own distinctive characters. We can move ahead maintaining all this,” she said. The Prime Minister was speaking at a function marking the distribution of Ekushey Padak-2018 organised by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs at Osmani Memorial Auditorium. She said the Bangalee, as a nation, has many things to be proud of. “We've to preserve those, and publicise those for the future generation.” Sheikh Hasina said this should be done so that no one of the Bengalee nation could forget the tradition and culture of the country. “We must uphold the distinctive characters of our culture, tradition and heritage.”

She said the Bangalee as a nation has earned everything through struggles and huge sacrifices. “We must uphold these achievements.” The Prime Minister said the new generation must know the nation's glorious history to be prepared to face the future challenges as Bangladesh will never bow down to others.

Hasina also reminded the people of the country about the ghosts of Pakistani occupational forces as they are still there in the country. “They couldn't forget their masters. That's why there've been blows to our tradition, language and political rights. We had to fight that repeatedly,” she said.

After returning to power in 2009, Hasina said her government has taken numerous projects and programmes for the overall development of the country and the fate of people.

“That's why we've regained our dignity that was lost after 1975, we'll gain further in the global arena keeping up that dignity,” she said.

The Prime Minister mentioned that she delivers her address in the UN General Assembly in Bangla every year following the footprint of Bangabandhu.

Congratulating the Ekushey Padak recipients, the Prime Minster hoped that the award will inspire the future generation to do even greater works for people who would learn from them and follow their footsteps.

She said the greatest Ekushey is the symbol of grief, strength and glory in the life of every Bangali. On this day in 1952, many valiant sons of the soil, including Rafiq, Shafique, Salam, Jabbar and Barkat, sacrificed their lives for protecting the dignity of the mother tongue. Referring to the development taken place in the last eight years in various sectors that made Bangladesh a 'Role Model' for development in the world, Hasina hoped that her government would turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041.

Minister for Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor presided over the function while Cabinet Secretary M Shafiul Alam read out citations of the recipients of the award. Cultural Affairs SecretaryMd Ibraheem Hosein Khandelivered the welcome address.

Another report adds: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday distributed coveted Ekushey Padak-2018 among 21 eminent citizens for contributions to their respective fields.

She handed over the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian awards in Bangladesh, to the awardees at a function organised by Cultural Affairs Ministry at Osmani Memorial Auditorium.

AZM Takiullah (posthumous) and Prof Dr Mirza Mazharul Islam got the award for their role in the language movement while Sheikh Sadi Khan, Sujoy Sham, Indra Mohan Rajbanshi, Khurshid Alam and Motiul Haque Khan won for music.

Minu Haque and Humayun Faridi (posthumous) got the Padak for dance and acting respectively while Nikhil Sen, Kalidas Karmakar, and Golam Mostofa got the award for drama, fine arts and photography.

Ranesh Moitro and Professor Julekha Haque (posthumous) and Dr Mainul Islam won the award for journalism, research and economics respectively while the government announced the name of Ilias Kanchan for social work.

Syed Manzoorul Islam, Saiful Islam Khan (poet Hayat Saef), Subrata Barua, Robiul Hussain and Khalekdad Chowdhury got the award for language and literature.

Each recipient got a gold medal, a certificate and a cheque of Taka 2 lakh.