Welcome to My Site

  • iftekhar
  • Feb 21, 2014
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Hello everyone, welcome to my blog site. Today is 21st February, International Mother Language Day. Sixty two years back (1952) on this very day, students from various educational institutions in Dhaka (Now the Capital of Bangladesh) demonstrated on the street for the recognition of their language, Bengali as the official language of the then-Dominion of Pakistan. They were shot and killed on broad day light by the Police. This political movement is also widely known as Language Movement.
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Eventually, East Pakistan got its independence through a bloody war in 1971 and became a sovereign nation, now Bangladesh as we all know it.

On 17th November 1999, UNESCO announced 21st February as the International Mother Language Day to promote cultural diversity which was later formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly. And 2008 was celebrated as the International year of Languages.

The roots of my family goes back to Bangladesh and I grew up speaking fluent Bengali at home. Well, I still do. And I think it’s pretty obvious that I would have a very sensitive part of me that is deeply attached with all these issues. Perhaps that is the only reason why I chose to launch my site on 21st February, to honor this day and to those brave men and women who raised their voices against injustice and inequality.

This is my very first post, so I won’t overwhelm you guys with all those heavy stuff. However, I would definitely be writing lots of things in near future on little lighter issues. So, stay tuned.

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  1. MichaelPublished: 3 years ago

    I admire how you honor your country’s culture and heritage. Glad that I could partake in the small ceremony that took place in Jackson Heights yesterday, remembering and honoring the fallen students who fought for their freedom and preservation of their mother tongue sacrificing their lives. Such heroic act is really inspiring to the rest of us, regardless of ethnic background, as their struggle for self determination against any oppressor is universally remarkable.

    • IftekharPublished: 3 years ago

      Yes, indeed I am proud of my identity and I think we all should be for whoever we are. It was an honor to have you as well Michael.

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