Inferior people give birth to inferior offspring and, thus, propagate their inferiority

Looking at the articles published in the major dailies on Ekushey February (2022), it was nice to see some unpleasant truths in the writings of several authors, thinking:
‘Well, some of us are interested in accepting the truth.’
However, doubts and questions in my mind: Is this writing a temporary (twenty-first) expression of emotion or not?
The bigger truth is that the number of these conscious people is very small, and the relevant question is how much they are interested in implementing the consciousness of Ekushey, how much they have an effective identity. The answer to this question does not seem to be very promising.
Probably the only reason is that during the long period of foreign rule, the colonial official language, English, has created a highly educated class, which is gradually increasing, controlling everything at the political-social level. The country and society are running on their will. They are reluctant to go beyond the conventional system and spend time and effort in introducing the state language Bangla in all walks of national life. Their lack of goodwill here.
So how will the spirit of Ekushey be implemented, how will the state language become the national language? Naturally, the independent Bangladesh achieved in the nationalist struggle of 1971 along the path of Ekushey remained an independent homeland influenced by colonialism, language and culture.
And the mother tongue Bengali as the state language Bengali remained statutory in the constitution. What is achieved on this occasion is small. The aspect of abandonment or non-receipt is the main one – from higher education to the high court as much as the colonial official language and culture is triumphant. All that remained for Ekushey was the anger and heartache, frustration and despair of the language activists.

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Naturally, in the face of the onslaught of colonial language and education, the mother tongue – the state language – cannot be said to be inferior to our educated, especially the highly educated class, no matter how unpleasant it may be.
We have seen the irrational manifestation of this inferiority in various dimensions during the Pakistan period. Not once did it seem that our student community was fighting for the dignified establishment of Bengal; Accepting sacrifice, even sacrificing life. In return, they have given birth to a privileged class in independent Bangladesh acquired through a lot of blood, maybe many of them also belong to that class.
Busy, wish fulfilling. What is needed now is labor and time for Bengali medium; To spend talent, thinking and knowledge. May English be the official language. The source of education and income of the children abroad should be ensured, along with the arrangement of permanent residence. Let Bengal be the Sultan of one day’s passion.
Due to such a self-contradictory mentality about the twenty-first language, the colonial official language occupies the most important place in the life of our educated and highly educated class. Bengali is neglected, gradually becoming a victim of inferiority. We do not see any reasonable way to end this inferior mentality from our middle class and upper class.
Those who show the way, those who show the way are the victims of greed. The nectar that has risen in the blood-churning of 1971 is the victims of the aforesaid classes – especially the top professionals, big businessmen, industrialists and the top politicians in power. Receipts of their followers are not less. To give an example, many unpleasant topics will come up.
Recently a young journalist asked me – can’t another language movement change this situation, remove this inferiority, establish Ekushey’s Segan in state life? Listening to him, I gave him back a sad smile.
I say, the students-youth-youth who are saying that they will start a new language movement, they are the children of the said rich class. Their mentality has changed with the advent of modern technology. They are now expatriates – the United States, Canada, Malaysia, their second home country, especially the United States, a country of advanced science and technology.
I would also like to say, why would they start a movement for the establishment of mother tongue Bengali in the national life instead of English, the official language once known as the international language? Instead, he will try to migrate to the dream country America. To build a golden career of the future.
In what sorrow will they go on the road to establish Bengali language, the language of romantic poetry and song of Rabithakur, who is lagging behind in science and technology, in the national life with the help of police baton?
Rather, it is now an enjoyable luxury for them to ride in a car like the luxury BMWI and travel to Hyride with their girlfriends. This rich class has given birth to independent Bangladesh in the past few decades in the practice of business-oriented capitalist politics.
Looking back is a sign of modernity or progressivism? Introducing neo-modernity? On the other hand, ordinary middle class children try their best to rise in the society at any cost.
In that case, the path of protest movement and procession no longer attracts them like their predecessors. Why or why not? That environment of Pakistani discrimination is no more. Independent Bangladesh is now on the path of development. The wishes of their fathers have been fulfilled. What else do you want?
Now those who are walking the exceptional path, sorrow on their foreheads. Their highway-blockade movement dispersed in the stakeholding of the police staff in protest of regular unwanted deaths on students and others. Many students were abused. Elias Kanchan’s movement to protest the unjust death on the road also turned into a failure.
One of my youngest one-time warriors told me about the tragic consequences of the oil and gas movement, the plight of Anu Muhammad. I am also aware of multiple such incidents for the benefit of reading a few special newspapers. Has the time changed so much in this country that no reasonable protest movement is taking root? Now is the time just for enjoyment?

Ahmed Rafiq: Writer, researcher and linguist.


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