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