On the occasion of the great `Shaheed Day’ and `International Mother Language Day’ I extend my sincere thanks to all the people of different languages of the world. At the same time I pay tribute to the unfading memories of the martyrs of the language movement.
The great language movement is a historic and significant event in our national history. This movement was aimed at establishing the rights of our mother tongue and side by side it was to save our ethnic entity and own culture too. Being a source of eternal inspiration the language movement later helped us to achieve the right to self-determination. We achieved our long cherished independence in 1971 through an armed struggle. On the eve of Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day I recall with profound reverence the memories of the language martyrs namely Barkat, Rafiq, Salam, Jabbar, Shafiur and other unknown martyrs who made supreme sacrifice. At the same time I also recall with deep respect Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the then Gonoparishad Legislative Member Dhirendra Nath Dutta and all the language activists. Their valour, organizing capacity and activeness helped the language movement reach its culmination.
The spirit of the language movement is rested in honouring others’ languages and cultures being imbued with own language and tradition. We feel proud that Ekushey February is no longer a glory for the people of this land alone. Being `International Mother Language Day’ it is also a source of inspiration for the people of all languages. Let the people of the globe of all languages be united, let the world’s almost defunct languages revive in their own communities - this is my expectation on this great `Shaheed Day’ and `International Mother Language Day’.
I wish all the programmes in respect of the great `Shaheed Day’ and `International Mother Language Day’ a grand success.
Khoda Hafez, May Bangladesh Live Forever.