A temporary Shaheed Minar was built by university’s foreign students
The International students in Kolkata’s Jadavpur University observed the International Mother Language day by placing floral wreaths at the temporary Shaheed Minar built by the boarders of the International Boys Hostel at the university campus Friday morning.
Students from various countries such as Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, Somalia and Zambia gathered at the university’s Science-Arts intersection to pay homage to the martyrs of the 1952 Language Movement.
They took part in placing wreaths, sharing feelings in their mother tongue and singing songs like “Amar bhaiyer rokte rangano Ekushey February” and “Ami Banglay gaan gai” together.
At the outset of the function, a minute’s silence was observed to show profound respect to the memories of the 1952 Language Movement martyrs.
Abhradyuti Das, a Kolkata resident and a post graduate student of Film Studies department said, in the past she observed Mother Language Day in a few places of Kolkata; but this time was special because it was celebrated alongside students from the country where the Language Movement took place (Bangladesh).
Tarik Reaz, a Bangladeshi undergraduate student of International Relations department and an organizer of the event said: “We are glad to take such an initiative that will make the students here realize how important our mother language is and how Bangali people fought for keeping their mother tongue alive.”
Around 40 Bangladeshi students are currently studying in Jadavpur University, along with a number of students from other countries who are pursuing their higher education in different disciplines.