The Bangladesh Embassy in Kuwait observed The Martyrs and International Mother Language Day on 21 February 2016 in a befitting manner. To celebrate the day, the Mission organized a selection of programs, which included National Flag Hoisting at half-mast at the Chancery and Bangladesh House, recitation from the Holy Quran, reading out of messages and discussion with participation of community members.
The program of the Day began with a ceremonial hoisting of the National Flag at half-mast. S. M. Mahbubul Alam, Charge' d' Affaires of the Bangladesh Embassy, Kuwait hoisted the National Flag at half-mast in the presence of Embassy officials, officers of the Bangladesh Military Contingent to Kuwait, Bangladesh Biman and members of the Bangladesh community.
Messages given by the Hon'ble President, Hon'ble Prime Minister, Hon'ble Foreign Minister, and Hon'ble State Minister for Foreign Affairs, were read out by officers of the Mission. A documentary film on the Martyrs and International Mother Language Day was also presented at the program. A large number of Bangladesh community members from all strata of society participated in the program. First Secretary Mohammad Anisuzzaman anchored the program.
The discussion program began with the recitation from the Holy Quran followed by a respectful homage to the Martyrs of the Language Movement and freedom fighters who gave up their valuable lives to the causes of the Bangladesh language and independence of the country. One minute silence was observed in honor of the martyrs of the Language Movement in 1952.
In the discussion session, the speakers highlighted the history and significance of the day in addition to emphasizing the role of the community in improving the country’s image and assisting in its flourishing achievements. The speakers expressed their hope for continued peace and progress of the country and for the wellbeing of Bangladesh community overseas.
In his speech, the Charge' d' Affaires, Mr. Mahbubul Alam showed admiration for the martyrs of the Language movement 1952 and the War of Liberation in 1971. He also paid tribute to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
In his speech, he highlighted the significance of the day mentioning that in 1999, the UNESCO declared 21 February as the 'International Mother Language Day' and since 2000, the day has been observed as the ‘International Mother Language Day' in 193 countries around the world.
He is convinced that mother tongue is akin to the root of a nation and literature, culture, and self-identity of a nation flourishes through language, and therefore, forgetting your mother language means losing one's own identity. ‘International Mother Language Day' signifies the multiculturalism and multilingualism around the globe, which at the same time glorifies the history of language movement for Bangla in 1952.
He said that the Language Movement was the foundation of so many socio-political events and achievements including independence of Bangladesh under the leadership of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
He reiterated that as a nation, Bangladesh would not forget the supreme sacrifice of the Language martyrs and all should love their beloved motherland and mother tongue with an unquestionable patriotism and without any prejudice. He urged the community members in Kuwait to be inspired by the sacrifice of the great martyrs and to devote themselves to building up the country through their patriotism and hard work.
He also requested the community people to take care of their children, teaching them to practice pure Bangla. He categorically affirmed the initiatives undertaken by the Government of Bangladesh to recognize Bangla as an Official Language of the United Nations as overwhelmingly positive. Finally, he thanked all the participants at the program and requested all to ensure a peaceful co-existence of all Bangladesh nationals in Kuwait and to develop the image of their motherland overseas by being imbued with pure patriotism and a love for Bangladesh.