Will spread Bengali, its literature further


Says PM while handing out Ekushey Padak

Winners of the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian honor in Bangladesh, posing for photos with Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital yesterday. Photo: P.I.D.

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Winners of the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian honor in Bangladesh, posing for photos with Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital yesterday. Photo: P.I.D.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday that the government was trying to spread more Bengali, its literature and the country’s culture and heritage across the world.

“Our efforts will be to spread the Bengali language, literature and culture more internationally and I believe we will achieve that,” she said.

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Hasina said this while distributing the Ekushey Padak, the country’s second highest civilian honor, to 24 eminent personalities in recognition of their contributions in various fields. She virtually joined the event at the capital’s Osmani Memorial Auditorium from the Gono Bhaban.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq distributed the prestigious award on behalf of the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister added that the government was working tirelessly to change the plight of the grassroots and the destitute. “Most importantly, we want to achieve economic emancipation.”

Briefly describing the country’s struggle for independence from the language movement, Hasina said that the sacrifices of many people made the independence of Bangladesh possible.

“Independence did not come from a sudden declaration by one person; it came from the path of struggle. And this struggle was started by the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”

The Prime Minister went on to say: “The contributions from him [Bangabandhu] is independent Bangladesh…”.

Recalling efforts to erase Bangabandhu’s contributions after his assassination in 1975, Hasina said his contributions to the language movement and the liberation war had also been largely erased. “But the reality is that no one could erase truth and history.”

Congratulating the winners, Sheikh Hasina said that the new generation will come forward to devote themselves to the welfare of the country and its people by following in their footsteps.

MA Malek, Editor-in-Chief of Dainik Azadi, Ekushey Padak Laureate for Contribution to Journalism

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MA Malek, Editor-in-Chief of Dainik Azadi, Ekushey Padak Laureate for Contribution to Journalism

Hasina reiterated her call for everyone to take the Covid-19 vaccine because the government provides it for free while many wealthy countries do not.

She urged all responsible people, both in government and the private sector, to ensure that their relatives and loved ones as well as their neighbors are vaccinated.

Sheikh Hasina also called on all to properly maintain health safety protocols.

Minister of State for Cultural Affairs, KM Khalid, chaired the program while his secretary, Abul Monsur, delivered the welcome speech.

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam led the award ceremony and read the recipients’ citations.

24 winners

This year, 24 eminent personalities won Ekushey Padak in different fields.

Mostafa MA Matin (posthumous) and Mirza Tofazal Hossain Mukul (posthumous) have been recognized for their role in the language movement.

Zeenat Barkatullah won this award for his contributions to dance and Nazrul Islam Babu (posthumous), Iqbal Ahmed, Mahmudur Rahman Benu to music and Khaled Mahmud Khan (posthumous), Afzal Hossain and Masum Aziz to theatre.

Motiur Rahman, Syed Muazzem Ali (posthumous), QABM Rahman and Amzad Ali Khandaker were recognized for their contributions to the war of liberation.

MA Malek received the award for his contributions to journalism and Anwar Hossain for his role in science and technology and Professor Gautam Buddha Das in education.

SM Abraham Lincoln and Sangharaj Gyanasree Mahather won for their contributions to social work and Kamal Chowdhury and Jharna Das Purkayastha to language and literature.

Enamul Huq, Shahanaj Sultana and Jannatul Ferdous as a team and Abdus Sattar Mandal as an individual were awarded the Ekushey Padak for their research contributions.

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