BADARPUR, May 28 – The Barak valley’s headquarter town Silchar, Railway headquarter town Badarpur, border district town Karimganj and also Hailakandi, along with the rest of the valley, observed the ‘Unise May – the Bhasa Swahid Pranam Divas’ as well as ‘Amar Unise’ on May 19.
On this occasion, several functions were held at Silchar, Badarpur, Karimganj, Hailakandi and several parts of Barak Valley, by several organisations, clubs and sangsthas, students’ and teachers’ associations, schools and colleges and also by over 100 other bodies under different banners.
The main functions of Barak Valley town were held at Tarapur Bhasa Swahid Station, Sahid Bedi Prangan, Gandhi Bug Sahid Smriti Soudha, Assam University Swahid Minar, Silchar Smashan Ghat, Swahid Bedi Prangan, Karimganj Sambhu Sagar Park, Swahid Smarak Bedi Prangan, Hailakandi Bhasa Swahid Smarak Sthal and on several other permanent and non-permanent Swahid Bedi premises.
On this glorious day, thousands of people, braving inclement weather, paid their tributes in the urban and rural areas across the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi. The day was marked by beautiful cultural functions organised by social and literary bodies, which included recitation of poems, patriotic songs on ‘Amar Unise’, release of souvenirs and CDs containing poetic compositions related to the language movement. Blood donation camps were also organised by voluntary bodies for the needy and poor people on the occasion.
The district administrations of Barak Valley also offered floral tributes. Various newspapers of Barak Valley also published supplements, carrying various articles, essays and poems on the ‘Mahan Unise’. The All India Radio, Silchar and Doordarshan Kendra, Silchar also aired various programmes. In the evening 11 lamps were lighted in remembrance of the eleven martyrs in each and every house, shop and Swahid Bedi with prayers to inspire the young generation with the spirit of sacrifice for a noble cause.
Meanwhile, various organisations of Barak Valley strongly demanded of the Central Government to declare immediately ‘National Language Day’ on May 19 every year, as a mark of respect to the 11 martyrs who sacrificed their lives to keep the honour of the Bengali language on May 19, 1961.