February 15, 2010

21 February, Intl Mother Language Day

Amar bhaier rokte rangano ekushe February

Events - 1952

From the begining for Language demand of Bangla, March held on 4 February 1952 at Nawabpur Road, Dhaka. Urdu-Bengali controversy was reignited when Jinnah's successor, governor-general Khawaja Nazimuddin, staunchly defended of the meeting the Urdu-only policy in a speech on 27 January 1952.



The meeting was held on the University of Dhaka premises on 21 February 1952

On this day at nine o'clock in the morning, students began gathering on the University of Dhaka premises in defiance of Section 144. The university vice-chancellor and other officials were present as armed police surrounded the campus.

The vice-chancellor asked police to stop firing and ordered the students to leave the area. However, the police arrested several students for violating section 144 as they attempted to leave.

When a group of students sought to storm into the building, police opened fire and killed a number of students, including Abdus Salam, Rafiq Uddin Ahmed, Abul Barkat and Abdul Jabbar. As the news of the killings spread, disorder erupted across the city. Shops, offices and public transport were shut down and a general strike began. At the assembly, six legislators including Manoranjan Dhar, Boshontokumar Das, Shamsuddin Ahmed and Dhirendranath Datta requested that chief minister Nurul Amin visit wounded students in hospital and that the assembly be adjourned as a sign of mourning.

This motion was supported by some of the treasury bench members including Maulana Abdur Rashid Tarkabagish, Shorfuddin Ahmed, Shamsuddin Ahmed Khondokar and Mosihuddin Ahmed. However Nurul Amin refused the requests.

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21 February INTERNATIONAL MOTHERS LANGUAGE DAY

21 February
INTERNATIONAL MOTHERS LANGUAGE DAY


Independence and Language Movement of BANGLADESH. I Dedicate this to all BANGOLIS who have sacrificed their lives.

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