February 21 is the great “Shaheed Day’’ as well as ``International Mother Language Day’’. I recall, with profound reverence, the unfading memories of the language martyrs namely Barkat, Rafiq, Salam, Jabbar, Shafique and many unknown others who made supreme sacrifice on this day in 1952. I pray to the Almighty for the salvation of those departed souls.
The great language movement is a historical and significant event in our national history. This movement not only achieved the demand of mother tongue but also revealed the sense of Bangalee Nationalism and inspired tremendously to achieve independence. This spirit of Bangalee Nationalism paved the way for the long-cherished independence in 1971. Today I recall with due respect `The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’ and the then Gonoparishad member Dhirendra Nath Dutta along with all the language martyrs whose undaunted courage and indomitable inspiration helped to reach the movement to the highest culmination and at last the Bangalee achieved the right of mother tongue. Language movement inspires us to protect and bring up our own language and heritage as well as revives us to oppose against all the injustice and illegalities.
No nation’s sacrifice goes in vain. We feel proud that 21st February now turned into International Mother Language Day. We can have the inner significance of our great language movement through observance of International Mother Language Day all over the world. So the 21st February is not only generated the advancement of our own language, literature and culture but also preserved and promoted the language and cultures of various nations around the world. Actually the great language day united the people of different languages and made a bridge of unity and amity amongst the people of the world.
Language and culture together move forward. I believe the people of the world would contribute more to revive the flow of world’s checkered languages and cultures as well as to protect the world’s most defunct languages.
May the language and heritage of all the ethnic groups of the globe protected and peace prevailed on earth. This is my expectation on this great `Shaheed Day’ as well as `International Mother Language Day.
Khoda Hafez, May Bangladesh Live Forever.
Md. Zillur Rahman