The grateful nation is set to pay homage to the martyrs of the 1952 historic Language Movement from Saturday midnight
marking 'Amar Ekushey', the Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day.
Walking barefoot to the Central Shaheed Minar with wreaths and flowers and singing 'Amar bhaiyer rokte rangano Ekushey February', people from all walks of life will pay their deep respects to the heroes of the Language Movement, who sacrificed their lives for the recognition of Bangla as one of the state languages of erstwhile Pakistan.
President Md Abdul Hamid will pay tributes to the language martyrs by
placing wreaths at the altar of the central Shaheed Minar after zero
hour, followed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Sheikh Hasina along with her cabinet members, advisers, lawmakers and
party leaders will place another wreath on behalf of her party.
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Raushan Ershad along with her
party’s MPs will also pay homage to the Language Movement martyrs by
placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar in the wee hours.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will place wreaths along with acting
party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and other
Different political parties, their front organisations as well as
socio-cultural organisations have taken various programmes to pay
their homage to the language martyrs all day long.
Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies have taken all-out security
measures in and round the Central Shaheed Minar to ensure smooth
observance of Amar Ekushey.
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.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued
separate messages on the occasion.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said, “We feel proud that
crossing the boundary of the country the spirit of Amar Ekushey is
inspiring people of various language across the globe to protect
their own languages and cultures.”
In her message, the Prime Minister said Amar Ekushey is the symbol of
democratic values, Banglee nationalism, spirit of Liberation War and
“Imbued with the spirit of Ekushey and the Liberation War, our
government is working relentlessly for building Bangladesh a modern
and prosperous country and free from hunger, poverty, communalism and
illiteracy,” she added.
The ruling Awami League will hold a discussion marking the day on
Monday at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre with Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at 3 pm.
In a message, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, also a former Prime
Minister, recalled with deep respect all the martyrs of the 1952
Language Movement and wished the success of the all programmes taken
by different socio-cultural and political organisations to mark the
She also prayed for salvation of the departed souls of the martyrs of
the Language Movement and conveyed her sympathy to the bereaved