Terming Ekushey the source of pride and spirit of the Nation, the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “Ekushey is a heroic story of sacrifice of the Bangalee Nation for establishing the rights of Mother Tongue.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also said those who disregard the spirit of Ekushey and the four pillars of country’s independence are the enemies of both the Amar Ekushey and the independence.
"Those who disregard the spirit of Ekushey and the four pillars of the country’s independence are the enemies of the Ekushey and the independence. We’ll have to spread the ethos of the Ekushey among the new generation to face these elements," she said.
The Prime Minister was delivering her speech yesterday at the prestigious Ekushey Padak distribution ceremony among the distinguished personalities.
Cultural Affairs Ministry organized the event at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city.
The Prime Minister also emphasized spreading Bangala language and literature to every level of society.
Describing the recent political violence across the country, Hasina said: "We’re struggling every time to uphold our ideals and the spirit of our Liberation War. This struggle is still on and we have to continue this."
She also said Bangladesh is the only language-based country in the South Asia. "We have to move ahead keeping up that spirit in our mind for which we liberated this country."
Voicing her firm stance not to see the eruption of political violence anymore in the future, Hasina said the people of Bangladesh are peace-loving ones. "We’ll take forward our country with the continuation of its democratic process."
Elaborating historical backgrounds of the language movement and the Liberation War, Hasina said the Bangalee Nation established its rights through a long struggle and sacrifice.
In this regard, she recalled with deep gratitude the great contribution of the Father of Nation who led various struggles and movements starting from the Language Movement and presented an independent country to the nation.
She mentioned that the struggle to establish an independent Bangladesh began through the spirit of Ekushey episode breaking the chain of the then Pakistan that was established on the basis of a two-nation theory.
The Language Movement began was December 8, 1947 when Dhaka University students for the first time raised the demand for the recognition of Bangla as a state language, she said.
This struggle reached the final stage giving birth to a new independent country, Bangladesh, through the war of independence and various struggles, including Six-Point demand led by Bangabandhu.
Hasina mentioned that the 21st February was recognized by Unesco as the International Mother Language Day on November 17, 1999 due to the initiative of her previous government.
She also recalled the great contributions of two Bangladeshi expatriates who lived in Canada at that time.
Mentioning the responsibility of the Bangalee Nation to protect rights of all languages, Sheikh Hasina called upon writers and researchers to carry out research activities on languages of ethnic communities alongside Bangla literature and culture.
The Prime Minister said her government has been relentlessly working to establish a middle-income Bangladesh by 2021 and a developed country by the year 2041.
Held with Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor in the chair, the function was conducted by Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan.
Ekushey our pride and spirit: PM