Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

Gallery: Community marks struggle for Bangladeshi independence

PUBLISHED: 06:00 25 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:41 25 February 2013

Bangladeshi Mother Langauge Day Celebrations at Suffolk New College
Laying of Flowers by Ipswich Mayor Mary Blake

Bangladeshi Mother Langauge Day Celebrations at Suffolk New College Laying of Flowers by Ipswich Mayor Mary Blake

Archant

A CRUCIAL – and tragic – turning point in the battle for Bangladeshi independence has been marked at a special celebration at Suffolk New College.

The Suffolk Bangladeshi Society held the county’s first International Mother Language Day celebration yesterday, attracting civic leaders and members of the Bangladeshi community from across the region.

The event commemorated the struggle for the recognition of the Bangla language – spoken by the majority of the Bangladeshi population.

After the partition of India in 1948, a single state of Pakistan – split between west and east – was formed with the dominant west decreeing that Urdu should be the official language. This was opposed in the east, and during a protest in 1952 many students were killed during a march in Dhaka.

Their deaths sparked a movement which eventually led to the split in Pakistan in 1971 and the establishment of the new state of Bangladesh. In 2008 the United Nations designated February 21 as International Mother Language Day.

At the Ipswich ceremony wreaths were laid by mayor Mary Blake and other civic leaders including Ipswich Star editor Terry Hunt.

The chairman of the Suffolk Bangladesh Society, Manik Miah, said: “This is a very important day for us and we are delighted to share it with the wider community.”

1 comment

  • I wonder if they have an Ipswich society in Pakistan ?

    Report this comment

    the opinion man

    Monday, February 25, 2013

A Chrysler PT Cruiser crashed into the Thai Pavilion Restaurant in Friars Street, Sudbury, today (April 28).

A man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving in connection with a crash between two lorries and a car today.

The mother of a 21-year-old killed in a crash at the same spot which claimed the life of a teenage girl this month has called for a lower speed limit on the road.

Firefighters had to remove a chimney pot after a blaze spread from a woodburner at a Suffolk home today.

There is further evidence that drivers in Suffolk are taking more notice of the region’s speed limits after figures showed that the number caught on the A12 has fallen by near two thirds over the last year.

Police carried out searches on the A140 at Diss today as the investigation continues into the disappearance of Essex man Nigel Kedar.

A Suffolk museum, only open for a few months, is now set to compete with the likes of the Tate Modern for the title of Museum of the Year.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24