The Bangla-speaking people of the two neighbouring countries paid rich tributes to the language heroes placing wreaths at the Shaheed Minar established temporarily at no-man's land
Thousands of people from Bangladesh and India gathered at no-man's land in Benapole yesterday, marking “Amar Ekushey,” the Language Martyrs' Day and International Mother Language Day.
The Bangla-speaking people of the two neighbouring countries paid rich tributes to the language heroes placing wreaths at the Shaheed Minar established temporarily at no-man's land, reports UNB.
The great Language Movement in 1952, a significant event in the nation's history, was aimed at establishing the right to speak one’s mother tongue as well as protecting self-entity, and culture and heritage.
Political leaders of the two countries attended the program which started with recitation from the Quran and the Gita.
State Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGRD) Swapan Bhattacharjee, and West Bengal's Food and Supplies Minister Jyotipriya Mallick, among others, were present at the program.
Sheikh Afil Uddin, MP, Customs Commissioner Belal Hossain Chowdhury, Jessore Deputy Commissioner Shafiul Arif, Superintendent of District Police Ashraf Hossain, BGB 49 commander Lt Col Selim Reza, among others, attended the program from Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Biswajit Das, MLA, Uttar-24 Pargana District Parishad President Rahima Mondol, Bongaon Municipality Mayor Shankar Adhya, among others, from the India side attended the program.
Different cultural and social organizations from both countries participated in a cultural program arranged on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Swapan Bhattacharjee said Language Movement started in 1948 and the movement in 1952 led to the independence of Bangladesh.
Jyotipriya Mallick said: "You sacrificed lives for language and independence. There's no other example of sacrifice like yours in the world. We are here to observe Amar Ekushey for our love for language."