20 February 2020, Thu

Such an incident of sacrifice for preserving the dignity of the mother language is unprecedented, says Mia Golam Porwar

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Secretary General and former lawmaker Professor Mia Golam Porwar said that, the martyrs like Salam, Borkot, Rafique and Jabbar had sacrificed their lives to establish the status of Bengali language as the state language. Such an incident of sacrifice for preserving the dignity of the mother language is unprecedented. But as the time goes by, the dreams and desires of the language movement heroes are still remained unfulfilled. Bengali language cannot be applied at all spheres of lives. Even the books of medical science, law and engineering have not been translated into Bengali. As such, government should play pivotal role to make Bengali language universal and comprehensive. Golam Porwar urged all quarters to work altogether to protect and preserve the dignity of this language.

Professor Mia Golam Porwar said this while addressing discussion of Dhaka North city Jamaat in an auditorium of the capital marking international mother language day. Central working committee member and Dhaka north city Jamaat’s Secretary Dr. Rezaul Karim presided over the program. Among others, central Majlish-e-Shura member and Dhaka North city Jamaat’s Assistant Secretary Lashkar Mohammad Taslim, central Majlish-e-Shura member Nazim Uddin Molla and former central President of Islami Chhatrashibir Yasin Arafat were present on the occasion.

Golam Porwar said, actually the Islamist originated the language movement. It was strengthened by the efforts of Tomuddun Majlish. Professor Ghulam Azam was the student leader of the movement. He read out a memorandum to press the demand for making Bengali as state language in presence of the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liakat Ali Khan. But despite such effort, Professor Ghulam Azam is not recognized as language hero due to the impact of negative politics, political vengeance and partisan marginalization. Professor Porwar recalled the contribution of late Ghulam Azam with due sincerity and honor. He also called upon the government to get rid of inferiority complex and also to issue state honor to Professor Ghulam Azam.

He also stated that, the seed of our independence movement was initiated by the language movement of 1952. It became matured in 1971 and subsequently we achieved independence following a 9-month long war. Though 5 long decades have passed since then, however, we could not establish a democratic society to cherish the dream of independence war. Still such vision remained untouchable due to the ill-politics of the vested quarter. The country is watching one after one farcical election. So, we have to restore democratic values based on the spirit and dedication of the historic language movement and our glorious liberation war.