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The death of an ultimate rebel

Abdul Matin was an angel in human form

BENJAMIN Franklin cryptically said that many people die at twenty-five but aren't buried until they're seventy-five. Neither proved true in the life of Abdul Matin, who lived it until his last breath. He was 88 when he died on October 8 and his mortal remains went to a medical college instead of being lowered in a grave. The body was donated so that aspiring doctors will get to enrich their knowledge of medical science. Matin made sure nothing of...

Language Movement Hero Abdul Matin's Death

Nation mourns

President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and different politicians and organisations have expressed their condolences at the death of Language Movement hero Abdul Matin. Matin, 88, breathed his last at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday morning. Hamid, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, in his message said the nation has lost a legend of the Language Movement. In a similar message, Sheikh Hasina termed Matin's demise “the end of a living history.” “The first step for the independence of the...

Language movement hero Matin no more

Language movement hero Matin no more

His courage inspired others to stage an instant protest before the all-powerful politician of Pakistan. On March 24, 1948, Abdul Matin along with other students was present at the special convocation at Dhaka University to receive his degree. Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the governor general of Pakistan, was the convocation speaker. Jinnah in his speech announced that “Urdu and only Urdu shall be the state language of Pakistan”. This infuriated Matin. He was among those who stood up to protest in one voice: "No. No.” It was this protest that created the momentum for the Language Movement in the subsequent years. It also played a significant role in shaping up the then...

Language movement hero Matin passes away

Language movement hero Matin passes away

Language movement veteran Abdul Matin died this morning at the age of 88 after suffering a prolonged illness. Matin breathed his last at the intensive care unit (ICU) of at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital around 9:00am, Gulbadan Nesa Monika, his wife, told The Daily Star. The language hero, who had been undergoing treatment at the ICU since August 19, was on life support after his condition deteriorated on October 3. Matin, suffered a stroke on August 18 and then had to undergo a surgery at the BSMMU. He was unconscious since then. Matin had an open-heart surgery in 1997. He has some neurological problems as well. Abdul Matin, who is popularly...

National film policy soon

A national film policy will be formulated soon in order to encourage production of good movies imbued with the spirits of the language movement, liberation war, secularism, and democratic and cultural values, Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu said yesterday. The aim of the policy will be preventing vulgarism, fundamentalism, militancy, and bad culture in Bangladeshi films, he told a roundtable at Dhaka University. The Department of Television and Film Studies (TFS) of Dhaka University organised the discussion, "Vision of Bangladesh...

Slum children paid homage to Language martyrs

Slum children paid homage to Language martyrs

Slum kids may be deprived of many opportunities, but nature has given them the ability to feel and enjoy everything. Some of those kids put their talent on display at a culture programme at the Municipal area of Srimangal Upazila in Moulvibazar district yesterday. They also paid homage to martyrs of the historic Language Movement...

The song that epitomises Ekushey

The song that epitomises Ekushey

Literature, music and arts are a crucial part of any event that matters to the masses; they help people connect to the incident and be driven by the spirit. The Language Movement, often credited as the first scintilla that gave Bangladeshis the strength to fight for their rights and for their liberation, has had songs, poems, novels and artwork of various media portraying it, but one of those pieces stands out as an icon. “Amar Bhai'er Rokte Rangano Ekushey February, Ami Ki Bhulitey Pari” is a tune that every child learns in their very early days, and carries it around in a special place in their hearts. Every year on...

Nation pays tribute to Ekushey martyrs

Nation pays tribute to Ekushey martyrs

The nation is paying glowing tribute today to the Language Movement martyrs who laid down their lives for the mother tongue in 1952. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to the Language Movement martyrs by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar one minute past zero hours amid tight security...

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