Dhaka, Feb 01: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday called upon all to make the new generation aware of the real history of the nation which reached its destination through tremendous sacrifices and struggles.“Our new generation should be known the real history of the events. The history of the independence of Bangalee is a unique example of how a nation could reach its destination through sacrifice, subjugation and bloodshed,” she said, BSS reported.
The prime minister said this while inaugurating the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2019 on Bangla Academy premises here this afternoon.
Focusing on the real history of Language Movement, the prime minister said many people spread distorted information on the history of the movement even on Great War of Liberation.
The “Unfinished Memoirs of Bangabandhu” and the “Secret Documents of the Intelligence Branch on the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” are important sources for new generation to know the real history, she said.
On the occasion, the prime minister unveiled the cover of the second part of the “Secret Documents of the Intelligence Branch on the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” which contains the events of jail life of Bangabandhu in 1951 and 1952.
The “Secret Documents of the Intelligence Branch on the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman” is being published in 14 volumes where many unknown facts on Bangabandhu’s struggle for independence were unveiled.
Chairman of the Bangla Academy Dr Anisuzzaman presided over the function while state minister for cultural affairs K M Khalid, eminent Bengali Indian poet Shankha Ghosh and Egyptian writer, journalist and researcher Mohsen Al Arishi were present as special guests.
Cultural affairs secretary Dr Md. Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal, president of Gyan O Srijanshil Prokashona Samity Farid Ahmed also spoke on the occasion where Director General of the Bangla Academy Habibullah Sirajee gave the welcome address.
The prime minister also handed over Bangla Academy Sahitya Purashkar 2019 to four recipients in different categories. They are Kazi Rosy (poetry), Muhith Kamal (literature), Syed Md. Shahed (easy and research) and Afsan Chowdhury (research on Liberation War).
After the partition of British India in 1947, the Language Movement was launched at the beginning of 1948, Sheikh Hasina said, adding Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was closely associated with the movement from the very beginning.
In this regard the prime minister underlined some quotes from book, “Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”
A weekly secret report issued from Faridpur SP office as mentioned in the book, says, an all-out Hartal was called in Gopalganj on the March 16, 1948 protesting the arrest of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she said quoting the book.
The book stated that in the afternoon, students of S.N. Academy and M.N. Institute brought out a protest rally in the town chanting ‘We demand Bangla as State Language’, Down with Nizamuddin, ‘Set Mujib Free’.
On January 4, 1949, a ‘Protest Day against Oppression’ was observed in Dhaka. On this occasion, a meeting was held on the campus of Dhaka University with the presence of students from different other institutions, the premier quoted the book again.
Referring to `Unfinished Memoirs of Bangabandhu’, Sheikh Hasina stated that the decision of observing February 21, 1952 as State Language Day was taken in a secret meeting held at a cabin of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Ailing Bangabandhu was admitted in the cabin, Sheikh Hasina, eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said, “It is a matter of great pleasure for Bangalee nation that the book “The Unfinished Memoirs by Bangabandhu” has been translated into many languages across the world.
The prime minister said the 21st February has now been recognised as the International Mother Language Day. This has also been materialised by Awami League government.
She recalled the effort by Bangladeshi expatriates in Canada late Rafiqul Islam, Abdus Salam and others to achieve UNESCO recognition.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has established an International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka for developing, fostering, preserving and restoring mother languages of different language groups and communities.
The prime minister said this year Bangalee people will celebrate the anniversaries of the Mass Upsurge of 1969 and the conferring of the ‘Bangabandhu’ title on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will complete 50 years this year.
“There is a close link between the two events and the independence of Bangladesh. The aspiration of independence of Bangalee was materialized through the events like the Language Movement of 1952, Mass Upsurge of 1969 and absolute Victory in the 1970 election.
Sheikh Hasina said she is pleased to know that Bangla Academy has arranged seminars commemorating the two historic events.
Praising the Bangla Academy’s efforts in making the Ekushey Book Fair as the longest book fair in the world, the prime minister said now Bangla Academy is significant not only as a centre for selling and purchasing books, but also deeply associated with the national spirit of Bangalee nation.
On the occasion of the fair, the Bangalees living across the globe not only turn back home but the foreigners also come here to see how deeply Bengalis cherish love for books, she added.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman promoted the dignity and glory of the Bengali language by delivering speech in Bangla in the United Nations National General Assembly (UNGA). Following the footprint of Bangabandhu, Sheikh Hasina said she also has been delivering speeches every year in Bangla in the UNGA.
Laying importance on exchanging literature and knowledge with other countries, the prime minister said her government always encourages translation of literature as well as studies of literature and culture.
The government has set an example by handing over millions of textbooks to students on the very first day of the every academic year, she said.
“As a result, our young generation starts their new year with new books which is a unique occasion in the history of education,” she added. The prime minister expressed delight that Bangla Academy has taken initiatives for translating our literary classics. She hoped that this programme will be more extended in future to introduce glorious works on Bangla language and literature to the people of the world.
Sheikh Hasina said to cope with the digital publications; her government is effectively running many programs for launching e-books.
The prime minister said the nation will celebrate Mujib Year in 2020-2021 along with the Golden Jubilee of the Independence in 2021. She expressed her firm resolve to take the country to a new height marking these three great occasions.
“We want to establish a golden Bangladesh free from hunger, poverty, illiteracy, militancy, terrorism, corruption and irregularities,” she said hoping that the countrymen will be with her government in achieving these goals.