21 February and Some Relevant Topics

March 1, 2008

int-mother-language-day.gifint-mother-language-day.gifIn 1999, UNESCO declared 21 February International Mother Language Day, in tribute to the Language Movement and the ethno-linguistic rights of people around the world.

An interesting article was published on Prothom Alo regarding the role played by the Urdu speaking Dhakaiya’s during the language movement. In the early days of the movement of 1947 the Urdu speaking Old Towner’s attacked the students of the Dhaka Medical College. As per Sardar Kader Molla “Urdu to bhaloi, Arbir lahan deha jai”. Alarmed by the agitation, the then AGS of the DMC student union Gholam Moula sent Sharfuddin Ahmed (Dhakaiya), Manzur Hussain and Alim Chowdhury to convince Kader Molla. At the end of the discussion the students got his commitment not to oppose the movement.

On the night of 23rd February Peyaru Sardar (Hussaini Dalan) handed over the key to the cement storage to student leader Ali Asgar to build the 1st Shaheed Minar. The other leaders who supported the movement were Maula Sardar (Narinda), Iliyas Sardar (Ray Saheb Bazar) and Moti Sardar. Among the local Dhakaiya’s who went to jail were leftist Gholam Murtoza (Becharam Dewri), Abdur Rahim (Gopibagh) and Sirajuddin Nana Mia (Kaltabazar). After the crackdown some Dhakaiya allowed the student leaders stay at their homes while others brought Biriyani, Baqar Khani and sweets to the Dhaka Central Jail for the jailed students.

Please read the Bengali article in full version http://www.prothom-alo.com/archive/news_details_home.php?dt=2008-02-05&issue_id=826&nid=MTM4MzY= 

Sixty one years have passed since 1947 -the beginning year of the language movement and Bangladesh is now an independent country.  It is heartbreaking to see that many indigenous languages are endangered at the birthplace of the language movement. Please read the topic in detail published in the Daily star. 

http://www.thedailystar.net/2007/02/21/d702211403111.htm 

Watch the traditional Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano song on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K5JHEp8G9k&feature=related  

For the first time Ekushey related US postage stamp is available online at Zazzle.com. http://www.zazzle.com/int_l_mother_language_day_stamp_postage-172085307194848201 

Edited By Anas Khwaja

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