Language movement hero Matin passes away

Staff Correspondent
A file photo taken on February 17, 2011 shows 1952 language movement hero and leftist thinker Abdul Matin is talking to a New Age correspondent at his Adabar residence. — Ali Hossain Mintu

A file photo taken on February 17, 2011 shows 1952 language movement hero and leftist thinker Abdul Matin is talking to a New Age correspondent at his Adabar residence. — Ali Hossain Mintu

Language movement hero Abdul Matin passed away on Wednesday morning at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. He was 88.
Better known as Bhasha Matin, Abdul Matin was conferred on the prestigious Ekushey Padak in 2001 for his contributions to the language movement.
He was one of the organisers of the historic language movement demanding status of Bangla as a state language of Pakistan.
Matin was selected as convener of the Dhaka University Language Action Committee on 11 March 1951.
Later in September 1951, Matin became a member of the Shorbodolio Rashtrabhasha Kormoporishad.
After the end of a successful language movement, he dedicated his life to left politics.
Matin was appointed the secretary of the Communist Party’s Pabna district unit in 1954. He joined Maulana Bhasani’s NAP three years later.
He formed the East Pakistan Communist Party a year later.
In 1992, he took an active part in forming the Workers Party of Bangladesh and resigned in 2006. He joined Workers Party again three years later.
Matin penned several books on the Language Movement including Bangali Jatir Utsya Sandhan and Bhasha Andolan (in search of the Bengali’s root and the Language Movement),
Bhasha Andolan Ki Ebong Keno (what is Language Movement and why it took place) and Bhasha Andolaner Itihash (the history of the language movement).
He received numerous awards including the Sher-e-Bangla national award and Bangla Academy fellowship.
Dhaka University in 2008 conferred an honorary doctor of law degree on him.
Matin has left behind his widow and two daughters.
BSMMU director brigadier general (rtd) Abdul Majid Bhuyan told New Age that Abdul Matin breathed his last at about 9am on Wednesday at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital where he had been shifted following a surgery in his brain to remove a clot on August 20.
He was kept on life support since October 3 as his condition deteriorated further, Majid Bhuiyan said.
Matin’s wife Gulbadan Nesa Monica told New Age that Matin was left unconscious for the last one and half months after suffering a brain stroke on August 18.
His body will be kept at the Central Shaheed Minar at 12 noon today for people to pay their last tributes to the language hero.
Matin’s widow said, his body will be handed over to Dhaka Medical College authorities as he donated his body for medical research and education.
‘According to his wish, Sandhani took away his eyes on Wednesday noon following formal procedures with the consent of his family members,’ BSMMU director said.
Gulbadan Nesa Monica said she did not find any ‘necessity’ of organising Namaz-e-janaza.
A leader of the Workers Party of Bangladesh, Matin was born on Dec 3, 1926 at Dhublia village under Sirajganj’s Chouhali Upazila.
His father Abdul Jalil and mother Amena Khatun moved to Darjeeling in 1930 after their house was devoured in Jamuna river erosion.
Matin was admitted to Darjeeling School in 1932. After passing  matriculation in 1943 he got admitted to Rajshahi College.
He got admitted to BA pass course at the Dhaka University and completed his graduation in 1947.
President Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina, speaker of the House Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, opposition leader Raushan Ershad and Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia expressed their deep shock at the demise of Bhasha Matin.
Various political and social organisations including Workers Party of Bangladesh, Communist Party of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Samyabadi Dal, Ain O Shalish Kendra, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, Bangladesh Juba Moitree also sent condolence messages at the death of Matin who had always been active in socio-political movements in the country.

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