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Reputed intellectual Badruddin Umar, who has researched extensively on the Language Movement, has noted the ramifications of Khawaja Nazimuddin's incendiary remarks on the language question. According to him, no less an individual than Yusuf Ali Chowdhury, general secretary of the East Pakistan Muslim League, was disturbed by the governor general's comments.
Chowdhury agreed with Chief Minister Nurul Amin that no one in the ruling circles was aware that Nazimuddin would make such a statement.
Interestingly, not Bangla but Urdu was the language spoken in the Dhaka Nawab family. Nazimuddin could not speak Bangla. But the speech he delivered at the public meeting had been prepared in Bangla written in the Urdu script, by Mizanur Rahman, a senior Bangalee government official in Karachi. In the post-speech period, Aziz Ahmed, the non-Bangalee chief secretary of the provincial government, told Nurul Amin that he had not seen the text of the governor general's speech, but if he had, he would have advised Nazimuddin against making his remarks on the state language issue.
Aziz Ahmed would later serve as foreign secretary in the Ayub regime, working under Foreign Minister ZA Bhutto, who would appoint him minister of state for foreign affairs in post-1971 Pakistan.
The Dhaka University State Language Committee of Action called a meeting on the campus on 29 January 1952 to censure Nazimuddin over his comments. The next day, the East Pakistan Muslim Students' League, at a meeting at Dhaka University, severely criticised the governor general over his remarks and renewed the call for Bangla to be adopted as a state language of Pakistan.
After the meeting, the EPMSL activists marched to the residence of the chief minister, where they chanted slogans advocating Bangla as a state language. They also called for a strike at all educational institutions in Dhaka for 4 February 1952.
On the same day, 30 January, an unrepentant Khawaja Nazimuddin, addressing a public meeting in Rajshahi, asked the people of East Bengal to eschew what he called provincialism.