EKUSHEY SPECIAL 2016

Editor’s note

Editor’s note

The Bangla language movement, which began even before Pakistan officially came into existence in August 1947 and reached its climax in 1952, was the first mass movement in East Bengal that sowed the seed of a pervasive nationalist movement eventually…

The Bangla question in Bangladesh

The Negro of the Antilles will be proportionately whiter — that is, he will come closer to being a real human being — in direct ratio to his mastery of the French language. I am not unaware that this is one of man’s attitudes face to face with Being…

Bangla and Urdu language movement: brothers in nationalism?

Bangla and Urdu language movement: brothers in nationalism?

LONG before the February Bhasha Andolan happened in our country (1948–1952), the Urdu speakers had initiated a language movement in British India and achieved more or less the same political goal which was nationalist mobilisation…

LANGUAGE MOVEMENT OF 1952 : Some questions and conceptual concerns

LANGUAGE MOVEMENT OF 1952 : Some questions and conceptual concerns

OUR language movement of 1952 was more than a historical moment and surely more than a sliding signifier, although the problem remains one of seeing things historically. Of course, our middle-class, soggy, sentimental…

Positive aspects of language movement should be revived

Positive aspects of language movement should be revived

The language movement was not for exclusion of somebody; it was neither for the exclusion of the Islamist nor of the English-speaking people. It was an anti-colonial movement…

Language movement spirit yet to be materialised

Language movement spirit yet to be materialised

The spirit of the language movement was to create a nation state but it has never materialised in the country. Another important objective was to establish Bangla in all spheres of life which has remained a far cry…

Ekushey was a cultural and political movement

Ekushey was a cultural and political movement

The Shaheed Minar and language martyrs did not get their due respect. At least, the road next to the monument could have been named Shaheed Sharani in 1954 when the United Front came to power…

Advertisement