Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said there was no room for terrorism, militancy, money laundering and corruption in Bangladesh.
“We want to establish Bangladesh as the peaceful nation in South Asia,” she said while inaugurating a four-day programme in the capital's International Mother Language Institute marking International Mother Language Day.
“We were known as a country of militants…Bangladesh was blacklisted after 2001. Now, Bangladesh is no more known as a blacklisted, militant and corrupt country,” she said, stating that the government aims to build a developed country by 2041.
She said the nation's achievements were through struggles and sacrifices. “We did not and will not bow down before anyone. We will protect the Liberation War's spirit at any cost,” she said.
Hasina said recognition of the day bestowed on Bangladesh the responsibilities to preserve, protect and conduct research on different languages.
Hinting at education in English medium schools, she said if the mother tongue is not learnt first, nothing can be learned properly.
Paying rich tributes to the language and independence martyrs, she said Rafiq and Salam, two Bangladeshi expatriates in Canada with the same names of two language martyrs, took the initiative to get the day recognised by the United Nations.