Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that it is the 1952 Language Movement that paved the path for achieving the Independence of Bangladesh.
She said this while distributing the prestigious Ekushey Padak, the second-highest civilian award among its recipients on Saturday.
In the history of the Bangalee, the Language Movement is very much important, she said our all the achievements came through this movement.
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs organised the programme at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium with its State Minister for Cultural Affairs Ministry KM Khalid in the chair.
On the other hand, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque handed over the Ekushey Padak among the recipients on behalf of the Prime Minister.
Sheikh Hasina said there was an Education Conference in Karachi in December 1947 that had taken a decision that Urdu will be the state language of Pakistan. Bangabandhu formed the Chhatra League on January 4, 1948 and the proposal for the Language Movement had been taken as per his proposal.
Basically, with this struggle of the Father of the Nation we attained our Independence, because he had started his protest against those who attacked our language, she added.
Following his (Bangabandhu’s) proposal, the ‘Sarbadoliya Rashtrabhasha Bangla Sangram Parishad’ (All Party State Language Bangla Action Council) had been formed at the Fazlul Huq Hall of Dhaka University, comprising Chhatra League, Tamuddin Majish and several other progressive student organisations in March (1948) for the movement to get the recognition of the Bangla as a state language, Hasina recalled.
She mentioned that the Bangalee nation attained independence under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through long struggles starting from the Language Movement.
Making quotes from Bangabandhu’s speech delivered February 21, 1971, she said the language Movement was not only to establish the rights of mother tongue, but also to achieve political, social, cultural and economic rights of the Bangalee nation.
The Prime Minister elaborated the chronological history of the struggles of the nation for achieving Independence, and said young leader Sheikh Mujib through discussions with various organisations had forged the movement immediately after the establishment of Pakistan.
PM recalled the sacrifices of the great sons of the soil, including Rafique, Salam, Jabbar, Barkat and Shafique and said they wrote about the rights of the mother tongue with blood.
If anyone is interested to know about the details of the Language Movement, I will request to go through the Pakistan Intelligence Branch reports of Bangabandhu from 1948 to 1971. Sheikh Hasina said we’re publishing those in books. Seven volumes have already been published while the remaining ones under the process of publication.
We have attained our Independence going through many struggles and movements, and this attainment of Independence is the most important one, she said.
Hasina mentioned that every achievement of the country has been attained through movement and struggle. 'No one gave us anything willingly'.