Thursday, 21 February 2013

Talk about India, from India with you

Good morning/Good afternoon/Good evening my friends, wherever you are! This 11:00pm. 21th February, 2013, Thursday in India.
Today is a special day for the World; India; Bangladesh; especially for the Bengali. It is International Mother Language Day which is reddened with blood of Abdus Salam, Rafiq Uddin Ahmed, Abul Barkat, Abdul Jabbar and many more Bengali. Now, this is an emotional festival in India and Bangladesh. 

Protest Rally on 21/2/1952,Dhaka

International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since 2000 February to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh. Bangladesh officially sent a proposal to UNESCO to declare 21 February as "International Mother Language Day." The proposal was supported unanimously at the 30th General Conference of UNESCO held on 17 November 1999.

Shaheed Minar, or the Martyr's monument, Dhaka University Campus, Bangladesh, commemorates the sacrifice for Bengali Language on 21 February 1952

21 February, celebrated as Language Movement Day or Shohid Dibosh (Martyrs' Day), is a major national holiday in Bangladesh. A month-long event called the Ekushey Book Fair is held every year to commemorate the movement. 'Ekushey Padak', one of the highest civilian awards in Bangladesh, is awarded annually in memory of the sacrifices of the movement.

Rally on 21st Feb., at Kolkata, West Bengal

Bangladesh was a part of India; and because of its  geographical & emotional proximity with West Bengal, we too celebrate this movement. This incident held just after partition; so, in West Bengal, people were as hurt as Bangladesh. We too  celebrate  Mother Language Day with a great passion. Many programs & rallies are being organized on this day.
On this occasion, let us remember the warriors; who became martyrs for the Mother Language. Let us remember the day with tears.

Well, good bye for today. Have a good week. Namaskar.

“আমার ভাইয়ের রক্তে রাঙানো একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারি / আমি কি ভুলিতে পারি
ছেলেহারা শত মায়ের অশ্রু গড়ায়ে ফেব্রুয়ারি / আমি কি ভুলিতে পারি”


‘Can I forget the twenty-first of February / incarnadined by the love of my brother?
The twenty-first of February, built by the tears / of a hundred mothers robbed of their sons, / can I ever forget it?’


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