Continuation of the legacy from father to daughter
September 25 is a glorious day in the history of the Bengali nation and the Bengali language as Bangabandhu addressed the United Nations General Assembly in Bengali for the first time on this day in 1974.
Calling the day important, the Prime Minister’s ICT Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy shared a video of Bangabandhu’s speech to the UNGA, the Prime Minister of Independent Bangladesh on Saturday, on his verified Facebook page, recalling the day. .
When Bangabandhu delivered his UNGA speech (September 25, 1974) in the native Bangla language, it marked the culmination of a process that had started on February 21, 1952.
The Bangla language rights movement had snowballed into an independent Bangladesh movement under the leadership of Bangabandhu. Thus, his speech at the UNGA not only announced the birth of a new nation, but a nation based on linguistic and cultural pride rather than religion.
Earlier, on September 17, just a week ago, Bangladesh joined the United Nations, Joy said.
It was the first time that the use of the Bengali language had started in an official meeting of the international body, he said.
Columnist Ajoy Dasgupta says Bangladesh is a classic case of continuity of inheritance from father to daughter, despite the massacre of a large part of the Sheikh Mujib family in 1975 and dozens of assassination attempts against Bangabandhu’s daughter. , now Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
Dasgupta, an Ekushey Padak laureate, said the military rulers who had seized power and ruled Bangladesh for the next 15 years legitimized pro-Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami, introduced constitutional amendments that undermined the secular democratic regime of the country and eventually declared Islam as the state religion of Bangladesh.
He said some parties like the BNP (founded in the barracks) and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami attempted to restore the Pakistani military-fundamentalist model of radical Islam but failed.
When the world worries about Afghanistan, especially its women, and Pakistan, the godfather of terrorism, sinks into an economic abyss, the world praises the incredible economic recovery and the Bangladesh’s social inclusion, its fight against climate change and women’s empowerment, all rooted in Bangladesh’s unique Bengali culture and language, Dasgupta mentioned.
Last September, as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina again addressed the UNGA in Bengali, two female diplomats accompanied him to chair the session and translate – an astonishing reminder of the Bengali roots of this rapidly modernizing nation. of the hopeless case of the 1970s, he said. .
“Only those countries which have won freedom after long years of struggle and sacrifice have strong will and strength of mind, remember the President, my Bengalis can endure suffering but will not die. In the challenge to survive, the will of my people is my greatest strength, ”Bangabandhu told UNGA.
Twenty-five years later, her daughter Sheikh Hasina moved to UNESCO in 1999 to have February 21 recognized as the International Day of Languages.
Bangabandhu has achieved worldwide recognition for Bangla, spoken by the seventh largest language group in the world, worldwide recognition.
His daughter pushed it further and achieved institutionalized recognition of Bengali, the only language to have produced a Nobel Prize for Literature in South Asia.