As the month of the Language Movement begins today, the country’s people will pay tributes to the valiant sons of the soil who were killed during the Language Movement in February, 1952.
The Bengali nation achieved the dignity of their mother language on February 21, 1952 through the supreme sacrifice made by Salam, Shafiq, Barkat, Rafique and others during a massive movement.
February is the month of mourning. Yet, it is a matter of dignity for the nation as only the Bangalees have sacrificed lives for their own language.
The Language Day — February 21 — is also recognised as the International Mother Language Day. A month-long book fair begins today. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the fair as the chief guest at Bangla Academy here at 3 p.m. today.
A two-day poetry festival titled ‘Bangalir Joy Kabitaar Joy’ will also begin in the city today. Noted poet Asad Chowdhury will inaugurate the festival at Dhaka University Central Library.
A total of 14 guest poets from nine countries will take part in the festival.