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Abdul Matin, the Veteran in Bangla Language Movement speaks to VOA Bangla


Abdul Matin was in the forefront of the Language Movement in 1952. He has recently been given the highest award Shadhinota Puroshkar. In an exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service , Abdul Matin expressed his pride and gratitude in being awarded this prestigious honor.

In this interview , as a former journalist in Dhaka , he recalls his journalistic activities in the then Dhaka. Besides he also talks about some of his books written on the Liberation War of Bangladesh.

Abdul Matin was hugely active during the language movement. He is considered as the most influencing student leader of the 1952 language movement. Government decided not to include Bangla as one of the official language. As a result student protested on March 11, 1948 where Matin joined for picketing.

On March 24, 1948 after the founding father of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah‘s speech at Race Course Maidan (currently Suhrawardy Udyan) came to Dhaka University for convocation. Abdul Matin was also presented at the ceremony to receive his degree. But when Jinnah repeated his position about language policy he stood up at the chair and shouted, No. It can not be. Other students also supported him during that time.

During mid September 1951, in a meeting at the central building of Dhaka University, Abdul Matin said that they have no complain about Urdu. But he wanted Bangla’s status with Urdu. Abdul Matin was present at the meeting on January 30, 1952 and became a member of the Shorbodolio Rashtrabhasha Kormoporishod and the convener of the Dhaka University Language Action Committee.

Abdul Matin has been living in London since nearly half a century but he is dedicated to the cause of his native land, Bangladesh.

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