Spirit of Language Movement yet to be realised: Serajul

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:05, Feb 21,2018 | Updated: 20:49, Feb 21,2018

Ekushey Book fair

Kids read books at a stall at Amar Ekushey Book Fair on Wednesday. — Ali Hossain Mintu

Dhaka University professor emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury said on Wednesday that the spirit of the Language Movement was still not realised although the historic event had inspired the nation to liberate the country.

Delivering Ekushey Memorial Lecture organised by Bangla Academy at Mela Mancha, he said that festive celebration of February 21, although reflecting people’s love for mother language, was actually directed by capitalism.

Referring to the memories of the Liberation War by Mustari Shafi, Belal Mohammad and Farukh Aziz Khan, the educationist said that it was apprehended that independent Bangladesh would be a capitalistic country as the nationalist leaders organising the people’s war in 1971 were actually supporters of capitalism.

‘They inspired the liberation-aspiring Bengalis with a vision of socialism and secularism but had left the ideals and ignored leftists during the war to serve capitalists’ interest,’ he said.

He added that people fighting against the capitalist political system that deprived people of their rights should uphold knowledge-based culture.

He said that literature lacking knowledge hardly could change the society.

Bangla Academy chairman Anisuzzaman, also Dhaka University professor emeritus, chaired the discussion, also addressed by academy director general Shamsuzzaman Khan.

On the International Mother Language Day, the Amar Ekushey Book Fair drew largest crowd so far.

Since the fair gates opened at 8:30am, visitors started flooding the academy premises and Suhrawardy Udyan.

On the 21th day of the fair, 390 new titles hit the stalls.

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