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In India, the idea might sound utterly ridiculous but a revolution for the right to speak in a language is encrypted in history. Post partition, the British colony India became two independent nations : India and Pakistan. But those who carved the boundaries left a serious folly in their design. The dominion of India was sandwiched between East and West Pakistan. It is a different story that East Pakistan, now, is known as Bangladesh and is a free nation in itself.

After creation, Pakistan decided to house its government, law enforcing bodies and secretariat in West Pakistan. Then Education Minister of Pakistan decided that Urdu would be the National Language of the country. However people living in East Bengal vehemently opposed this decision. Students were at the forefront of this movement and Dhaka University became the epicentre of the protests.

Bhasha Shahid

Aparajeyo Bangladesh – via Wikipedia

While the agitation gained momentum, Queid E Azam Pakistan, Mr Jinnah himself committed that the matter would be looked into seriously. A committee was formed which suggested that Bengali be written in Urdu script! That decision too met with strong opposition. “Ora Amader bhasha kere nite chaye (They want to steal us off our language)” was the chant across East Pakistan. After Jinnah’s death, his successor backtracked on the suggestions of the committee and argued in favour of “Urdu only” policy.

On 21 February 1952, an “all out protest” was announced in Dhaka. Students clashed with police and the armed forces and Section 144 was imposed in the city. A group of students marched towards the Bangladesh Legislative Assembly and met with stiff resistance while trying to enter the premises. Police opened fire and four students Abdus SalamRafiq Uddin AhmedAbul Barkat and Abdul Jabbar led down their lives. Ever since 21 February has been commemorated as Bhasha Shahid Divas. The martyrdom of the four young men at the prime of their age bore fruit finally in 1954 when Bengali was granted status of National Language in Pakistan.

Via Ashish Taposh Gomes’s Blog

 

Embracing new cultures and assimilating new languages is a process by which civilizations progress. It is but natural that with time the fervour of linguistic nationalism has become quiet. However on days like this we must stop, take time out and think. Of our roots, our heritage and our future. We must move forward but carry the legacy of the four Bhasha Shahid with us. While loving one’s own language is important, we can never demean someone else’s. And some extremist factions in India definitely must take a lesson from the four brave souls.

“Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Ranga 21se February, Aami ki bhulte pari?”

MUMBAI AND ITS AFTERMATH

India is bleeding

a bunch of hoodlums  held our country at gunpoint and we were mute spectators
And after the war is over political parties are back 2 business of blame game and cashing in on the incident
the bjp is busy consolidating hindu votes and is leaving no stone unturned 2 fan the hindu anger while the congress is in no mood 2 act
let us leave the other parties out of the spectacle coz wen it comes 2 governance we all know that cpm follows the rule of bullets over ballot and is ready 2 kill for votes(eg nandigram) and the other parties are no better
we need an alternative…..sum1 who wud lead yong India 2 prosperity and achieve Dr Kalam’s vision 2020
we need YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE U AND ME 2 COME FORWARD AND SAY “YES WE CAN”
LET US 4 A WHILE FORGET OUR CAREER AND OTHER LUXURIES IN SPARING A THOUGHT 4 OUR FUTURE
WE DO NOT WANT MILITARY RULE………………WE WANT RULE OF LAW………..THE LAW FORMULATED BY OUR GR8 VISIONARY FREEDOM FIGHTERS 60YEARS AGO
ARE WE READY 2 SACRIFICE A PART OF OUR LIBERTIES 4 OUR COUNTRY?????????????
ARE WE READY 2 BECUM 1 IN D FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION AND THE RICH POOR DIVIDE CREATED BY OUR POLITICIANS WHICH IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF OUR MISERIES 2DAY??????
LET ME TELL U I AM
LET US BE 1………………
LET YOUTH FOR INDIA COME FORWARD 2 MAKE A NEW INDIA

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