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Language Movement Lead To Bangladesh’s Independence – Hasina


Barefoot and wearing black badges, citizens  placed the wreaths at Central Shaheed Minar and stood in silence in remembrance of those who embraced martyrdom to make Bangla the state language in 1952 .
 “Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano Ekushey February” reverberated through the air.
Children also placed the wreaths and build Shaheed Minar with bamboo and bricks in the Capital.
On February 21, 1952, students and people from all walks of life took to the streets in Dhaka to protest the then Jinnah’s a nnouncement Urdu as only state language of east PakistanPakistan government’s refusal to recognise Bangla as one of the state languages and the imposition of Urdu as the only official language of Pakistan. Among those who got killed were Salam, Barkat, Rafique, Jabbar and Shafiur.
The day is observed worldwide as the International Mother Language Day. In 1999, the UNESCO declared February 21 as the International Mother Language Day.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the Language Movement heroes in the first minute of the day.
 On behalf of President Abdul Hamid, his military secretary Maj Gen SM Salahuddin Islam placed a floral wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s military secretary Maj Gen Naquib Ahmed Chowdhury placed a floral wreath on behalf of Hasina.Sergeant at Arms Commodore Miah Mohammad Nayeem Rahman placed a wreath on behalf of the Speaker of the parliament of Bangladesh Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.
Meanwhile Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh reiterating her vow for a dignified Bangladesh on Saturday said the Language Movement has paved the ways of the country’s independence to all achievements.
Hasina said, “Bangali nation has achieved all things through struggles at each stage of life and anyone didn’t offer those to us cordially,”
Bangladesh premier was addressing Ekushey Padak (award) distribution ceremony as chief guest at Osmani Memorial Auditorium here, joining virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.
Those people who have interest to know the Language Movement to independence as well as all achievements in details, she requested them to go through the Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch (IB) on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Hasina mentioned, “I have collected all the secret reports (1948-71) prepared by the Pakistani IB against Bangabandhu, which is being published by me in 14 volumes. Meanwhile, seven volumes have been printed and there you can know about all the achievements -from Language Movement to Independence.”
The premier also mentioned, “You don’t need to read all volumes, rather you will find much information in the first four volumes.”
Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award in Bangladesh, was delivered among 21 eminent persons on the eve of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day.

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