PV Desk : Throngs of people walking barefoot, singing songs of patriotism are to pay homage tomorrow to the Language Movement martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for mother tongue Bangla marking a day of supreme sacrifice.
Singing ‘Amar bhaiyer rokte rangano Ekushey February’, people from all walks of life will swarm the Central Shaheed Minar to pay their deep respects to the Language heroes.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private TV channels will air live the midnight Ekushey ceremony while cultural personalities added extra flavour by reciting poems on immortal Ekushey February.
In observance of the day in a befitting manner, the Central Shaheed Minar premises have been tastefully redecorated with paintings, graffiti, buntings and selected verses on the mother language as the nation paid homage to the martyrs of the great Language Movement when clock struck one-minute past zero hours (midnight) tonight.
Tight security has been enforced around the main altar of the Shaheed Minar and the Azimpur graveyard of the language martyrs as streams of people were set to pour into these places to lay wreaths to express their heart-felt respect to the 1952 language martyrs.
On this day in 1952, students and people from all strata of society took to the streets in Dhaka to protest the then Pakistan government’s refusal to recognize Bangla as one of the state languages and imposition of Urdu as the only official language of Pakistan.
Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Shafiur, Jabbar and some other brave sons of the soil sacrificed their lives on this day to establish Bangla as the state language.