Language Movement was Impossible without Bangabandhu
Senior Staff Correspondent, Dhaka
Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Dr A K M Abdul Momen, MP said, the spirit of the 21st February is the spirit of own rights, which arose in your hearts. That is the root of the broader spirit of the liberation. The link in these two historical incidents is that, when people’s voice and participation are ignored, it turns into the movement resulting in the new form of structure namely revolution.
In these all historical turning points the role of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was pioneering, vital and inevitable. Without his strong leadership no success would be possible in these historical movements.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen observed it while addressing the virtual international conference organized by Bangabandhu Foundation Germany on Sunday. In his speech Dr Momen added, the Bengali speaking people in the then Pakistan were so generous that they demanded Bengali as one of the state languages, although 56% of the population spoke Bengali and only 3% of the population at that time in Pakistan spoke Urdu.
In spite of that the Bengali speaking people did not demand that Bengali should be the only state language in Pakistan. On the other hand, ignoring the reality the then Pakistani rulers tried to declare only Urdu as the state language. As a result the Bengali speaking people sacrificed their blood for the honour of their mother language in 1952, which has been recognized by UNESCO and the very day 21 February has been declared as international mother language day worldwide.
He also felt proud of the significant role and leadership of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman behind the language movement and the liberation war in 1971 and at the same time of the strong leadership of the Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the economic and social development in Bangladesh in the 21st century.
Securty and Strategic Affairs Analyst and Executive Director of the Institute of Conflict, Law and Developement Studies (ICLDS) Major General Md Abdur Rashid (Retd) presented the key-note speech, while the founding President of BFG, International Affairs Secretary of Bangabandhu Foundation Central Committee and Senior Vice-President of German Awami League Younus Ali Khan was in the chair. Chairman of BASUG Diaspora and Development and Adviser of Bangabandhu Foundation Germany BFG Bikash Chowdhury Barua and Chief Editor of Our Voice and BFG Adviser AHM Abdul Hai moderated the sessions in the virtual international conference.
Md. Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, ndc, Ambassador of Bangladesh, Embassy of Bangladesh in Berlin, Advocate Nurul Islam Thandu, General Secretary of Bangabandhu Foundation Central Committee, Advocate Moshiur Malek, Founding President of Bangbandhu Foundation Central Committee, Aswat Aksir Mujib, Member of Awami League International Affairs Sub-Committee, Aunil Das Gupta, Advisor of the European Awami League, Prof. Dr. Dirk Loomans, President of the Association of Evangelical Members, CDU, Md Saiful Hassan Badol, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment, Karsten Lange, CDU Leader and Adviser of BFG, Lukas Augustin, CDU Leader and Adviser of BFG, A K M Bashirul Alam Chowdhury Sabu, President of German Awami League, Sultan Mahmud Sharif, President of UK Awami League, Aminur Rahman Khasru, Chief Patron of German Awami League, Zillur Rahman, Senior Vice President of German Awami League, Zahidul Islam Pulok, Senior Vice President of German Awami League, Monir Khan, President of Sheikh Hasina Parishad, Muquith Chowdhury, Freedom Fighter from the USA, Hasnat Mia, Honorary Consul General of the Bangladesh Embassy, Shahabuddin Miah, Member of District Council of Soest, Anwarul Kabir, Central Committee Member of Bangabandhu Parishad and former Chief Advisor of German Awami League, Anwaruzzaman Chowdhury, Joint-Secretary of UK Awami League and Monir Haider, Adviser of German Awami League addressed the conference as special guests.
Among others, Abu Mohammad Salim, Founding Adviser of BFG, Mahabubul Haque, Freedom Fighter and Chief Adviser of BFG, Kamal Dewan, Freedom Fighter and Adviser of BFG, Azhar Hossain, Adviser of BFG, Alhajj Sheikh Abdul Matin, BFG Adviser, Khan Liton, President of German-Bangla Press Club and BFG Adviser, Asma Khan, Senior Vice-President of BFG, Monirul Alam, Senior Vice President of BFG, Titu Hakim, Vice-President of BFG, Mohosin Shaha, Vice-President of BFG, Abdein Zimmerman, Vice-President of BFG and Tania Hamid, BFG Joint Secretary took part in the conference. The BFG Cultural Secretary Kona Islam rendered the patriotic songs and Habib Ullah Al Bahar, Germany Correspondent of NTV and BFG Adviser facilitated the sessions with technical support.