New titles on the language movement of 1952 have come to this year’s Ekushey book fair recalling the history in essays, poems and short stories.
The number of new publications on the historic movement till Tuesday crossed 15, higher than previous year.
This year, Kathaprakash has brought out language veteran Ahmad Rafique’s Bhasha Andolan: Sankhipta Bhashye. Rafique authored this book especially for the young readers highlighting the spirits of the language movement and afterwards.
He also wrote about the dogmatic intellectuality, undemocratic practices and dominance over Bengali people by the then colonial Pakistani regime.
Prothoma Prokashan published Ekusher Muhurtagulo by Ahmad Rafique. The new title with rare photographs has also been authored for the juvenile readers.
Nalonda has published Ghulam Quddus’ Bhasha Andolan: Bayanna Purbo. Seven chapters of the new book discusses linguistic history of Bangla, particularly between the monarchy of independent Sultan of Bengal Alauddin Hussain Shah (1494–1519) and Pakistani regime.
The author found proof that history of the Bangla language and struggle for Bengali nationalism was interlinked.
Tamralipi has brought Ranjit Sarker’s Bhasha Shaheed O Birsresthader Golpo. The title contains seven short stories on the language movement.
Ananya has published Hasan Hafiz-edited Ekusheyer Golpo that contains 23 short stories by prominent and emerging writers. The stories tell about people’s political, social and economic condition in the then Pakistani rule.
Gourab Prakashan has brought five new titles, so far the highest number on the language movement this year.
The titles are Ekusher Dairy, Probhat Ferry, Ekusher Joto Prothom, Ekusher Amar Bhasha Shaheed and Sangbadpatre Bhasha Andolan.
Bangla Academy has published Amar Ekushey, a compilation of essays edited by Tripti Brahma.
Sahityaprakash published Rafiur Rabbi’s Narayanganjer Bhasha Anodolan.
Kakali Prakashani, Shobha Prokash, Yaroya Book Corner, Bibhas, Badhan, Nandita Prakash, Nabarag Prakashani, Rabeya Book House and Bhashaprokash also published new titles on the language movement.
Osman Gani, publisher of Agamee Prakashani and former president of Academic and Creative Publishers Association of Bangladesh, told New Age that publishers would show much interest in publishing titles on the language movement if they got well-researched manuscripts.
Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman Khan said that history would be distorted if quantity of new titles on the historic movement increased compromising the quality.
On the 20th day of the fair on Tuesday, 124 new titles hit the fair with 48 books of poems leading the tally.
At Mela Mancha, Bangla Academy held a discussion on Thousand Years’ History of Bangladesh: Pluralism and Four State Policies of Independent Bangladesh. The academy director general, Shamsuzzaman Khan, chaired the discussion.
Today, International Mother Language Day, the fair premises will remain open to the visitors from 8:00am to 8:30pm.
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