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22 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Amar Ekushey

Nation pays rich tributes to martyrs

UNB, Dhaka
Nation pays rich tributes to martyrs
WREATHS ALL AROUND: A baby girl seen in all smiles as she holds some flowers to be offered as a mark of tribute to the language martyrs at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital on the Language Martyrs’ Day yesterday. Focus bangla photo

The nation paid deep respects to the martyrs of the 1952 Language Movement yesterday, marking 'Amar Ekushey', the Language Martyrs' Day and International Mother Language Day.

 The great Language Movement, a significant event in the nation's history, was aimed at establishing the right of the mother tongue as well as protecting self-entity, and culture and heritage.  Walking barefoot to the Central Shaheed Minar with wreaths and flowers singing ‘Amar bhaiyer rakte rangano Ekushey February’, people from all walks of life paid rich tributes to the heroes of the Language Movement who laid down their lives for achieving the recognition of Bangla as the state language of erstwhile Pakistan. People across the country also paid their tributes to the Language Movement heroes at Shaheed Minars in their districts. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the nation in paying the homage by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar at one minute past midnight.

 They stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the language heroes.

 Ministers, advisers to the Prime Minister, MPs, the chiefs of three services, diplomats, senior Awami League leaders, and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.

 Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury paid tributes to the martyrs by placing a wreath at the Shaheed Minar.  Flanked by Cabinet members and senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the President of Awami League, later placed another wreath at the Shaheed Minar on behalf of the party.

On February 21, 1952, students and the common people in Dhaka took to the streets in protest against the then Pakistani government’s denial of Bangla as the national language and imposition of Urdu as the only official language of Pakistan.

 Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar and a few other brave sons of the soil were killed in police firings on this day in 1952 when students came out in a procession from the Dhaka University campus breaching section 144 to press home their demand for the recognition of Bangla as a state language of then Pakistan.

 Being a source of ceaseless inspiration, ‘Amar Ekushey’ inspired and encouraged the nation to a great extent to achieve the right to self-determination and struggle for freedom and the Liberation War.

 With the bloodshed passage of Language Movement, the nation got the recognition of Bangla its mother tongue and attained its long-cherished independence under the charismatic leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1971.   The day will also be observed across the world as Unesco recognised Ekushey February as the International Mother Language Day on November 17, 1999.

 The theme of this year’s International Mother Language Day is “Languages without borders”. The theme focuses on cross-border languages and helps preserve indigenous heritage.

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