ESSAY: Ekushay February - সেরা-সংগ্রহ.কম

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

ESSAY: Ekushay February


Ekushay February

The 21st of February is a historical day of Bangladesh. The day is popularly called Amar Ekushe. It is a source of inspiration and energy of the Bangladeshi. It is a protest against exploitation and injustice. This day is a government holiday. We observe the day every year in a befitting manner.

Background of the day: On the 21st February in 1952, our language martyrs created a history and the day became memorable. In the then Pakistan we were majority in number. But the west Pakistanis controlled everything of the country. They understood it very clearly that their control over the majority would not last long if our language and literature were not crushed. In order to materialize their policy, they declared that Urdu would be the only state language of Pakistan. The very declaration was a crime. The opposition camp was not strongly organized in the babyhood of Pakistan. The University of Dhaka has always been politically sensitive. The brave students of the university came forward to meet the challenge. They opposed the declaration and started a movement. This movement is called the Language Movement. On the 21st February of 1952 the students of the university violated section 144 and brought out a procession protesting against the illegal and unjustified declaration. The rulers of Pakistan wanted to crush the movement at the point of the gun. But they failed to do so. Salam, Jabbar, Barkat, Rafiq, Shafiq and other unknown boys established the right of our mother tongue at the cost of their life. Not only that, Bangladeshi nationalism was born in the blood of the language martyrs.
World recognition: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the 21st February as International Mother Language Day as a mark of respect to our language Movement of 1952.

How observed / How the day is observed: Ekushe February is a national day of Bangladesh. But today it is an international day. The nation observes the day in befitting manner; the national flag is hoisted half-mast. Barefooted processions are brought out at dawn. The Mazars of the martyrs at Azimpur graveyard are visited and Fateha in offered there. All news media, offices, institutions, organizations Political parties, associations etc. follow their own programmers, The day’s programme includes seminars, cultural functions, exhibitions, competitions etc.

Conclusion: Ekushe February teaches us to protest against injustice and exploitation, it teaches us to love our motherland and mother tongue. It helps us to discover ourselves.

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