Bengalis have achieved everything through Language Movement: Sheikh Hasina
Dhaka, February 23: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the Bengali language movement was not only a movement for language but also a movement for the establishment of social, economic, cultural and political rights. The language movement is not just a language movement (based). This language movement is a movement for the overall achievement of our Bengali nation.
Quoting a speech given by the Father of the Nation at the Shaheed Minar on the night of February 20, 1971, the Prime Minister said, "Bangabandhu has done what we have to do, which we have to hold on to."
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing a discussion meeting organized by Bangladesh Awami League on the occasion of Amar Ekushey February and International Mother Language Day on Monday. He participated in the main event held at the virtual Awami League's central office at 23 Bangabandhu Avenue through video conference from Ganobhaban.
The Prime Minister said the Father of the Nation had said, "The 1952 movement was not limited to the language movement. This movement was a movement to establish social, economic, cultural and political rights.
He said, "It is not only after giving blood in '52 that Bangla language got state status." This state language was mentioned in the election manifesto of the United Front and also in the election of '70. Because when the Awami League formed the government in '56, Hossain Shaheed Suhrawardy became the Prime Minister. In the constitution that was made then, along with Urdu, Bengali was also made the state language.
The Prime Minister said Bangabandhu, who was on hunger strike on February 28, 1952, was released from jail and taken to Tungipara by his grandfather. The Father of the Nation then demanded in his various speeches to give Bengali the status of state language.
Sheikh Hasina said, we have kept the dignity of language with blood. We have set up the International Mother Tongue Institute to preserve and research the mother tongue of people all over the world, not just us. There are languages, museums, archives.
The Prime Minister said, "We have a great responsibility to preserve, keep and research all the languages and mother tongues of the world, big and small." This is the only large institution in the world to preserve the mother tongue. There is no precedent anywhere else. '