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Amar Ekushey observed at UN Permanent Mission of Bangladesh

Staff Reporter, USA || risingbd.com

Published: 09:01, 22 February 2021  
Amar Ekushey observed at UN Permanent Mission of Bangladesh

The Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day was observed at the UN Permanent Mission of Bangladesh with due dignity.

A minute's silence was observed at the beginning of the event held at the Bangabandhu Auditorium on Sunday (February 21) local time to pay homage to language martyrs.

Earlier, wreaths were placed at the temporary Shaheed Minar in the auditorium.

This information was revealed from a press release sent by the Bangladesh Permanent Mission.

During the programme, the speeches of the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs were recited and prayers were offered for the forgiveness of the souls of the martyrs.

A documentary video was also shown on the occasion of the day.

The discussion session of the program started with the welcome speech of Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative and Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United Nations.

Referring to the theme of this year's International Mother Language Day, "We cherish the inclusion of multilingualism in education and society," said Ambassador Fatima.

At the outset of his speech, he paid homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation and the pioneer of the language movement. Ambassador Fatima said, “The Rashtrabhasha Sangram Parishad was formed in 1948 on the proposal of Bangabandhu with the help of Chhatra League, Tamaddun Majlish and other student organizations. It is this council that accelerates the language movement. The Father of the Nation was repeatedly arrested for protesting against language.

He gave direction to the language movement from jail. In the continuation of that brutal movement, the language martyrs died while violating Article 144 issued by the ruling party on February 21, 1952 ”.

Ambassador Fatima highlighted the context of how the Bengali nation under the leadership of the Father of the Nation won the great war of liberation in 1971 along the path of language movement. He also highlighted the way Bangladesh is moving forward in the world including the United Nations under the able leadership of the Prime Minister. Ambassador Fatima noted that the Prime Minister's prudence in procuring the Covid-19 vaccine for Bangladesh and the government's success in the ongoing vaccination program have been appreciated all over the world. "We are continuing our efforts to implement the proposal made by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the United Nations to recognize Bengali as one of the official languages of 250 million people of the world," he said.

Ambassador Fatima called upon the expatriate Bengalis to continue the pure practice of Bengali in the family and community to keep the Bengali language alive among the new generation growing up in exile. Officers and staff of all levels of the mission took part in the open discussion session.

The event was celebrated to a limited extent in keeping with social distance, according to local restrictions on Covid-19.

Chhabed Sathee/Mukul