Renaming of Silchar railway station

SILCHAR, May 12: Like every other years, the Bhasa Sahid Station Sahid Smaran Samiti has chalked out series of events to observe 52nd Language Martyrs' Day which falls on May 19. Theorganization will celebrate the occasion this time as 'Matri Bhasa Utsav' (mother tongue festival) in which people having different mother tongues will join and perform on their respective mother languages.
Addressing a press meet here this evening, Rajib Kar, secretary, Bhasa Sahid Station Sahid Smaran Samiti, said that the Language Martyrs' Day belongs to every individual and it is a day on which every one should pay respect to their respective mother tongues.
"We have found people belonging to eleven languages in Barak Valley and this time every one ofthem will join the festivaland will pay respect to their respective mother tongues on the auspiciousoccasion of martyrs' day." The artistes of Bengali, Assamese, Dimasa, Bishnupriya, Hindi, Manipuri, Hmar, Saotali, Naga, Nepali and Riang will perform in their respective mother tongues.
Kar said that on May 19, 1961, 11 martyrs had to face the bullets of police at Silchar Railway Station while agitating along with thousands of people,demanding their fundamental, democratic and constitutional right ofmother language. The daysince then is being observed as 'Language Martyrs' Day' across BarakValley. He further added that it was again on August 17, 1972, July 21, 1986 and March 16, 1996 that another four persons of this valley became martyrs for the same cause.
Speaking on the movement for renaming the Silchar Railway Station as Bhasha Sahid Station in the memory of the martyrs, Rajib Kar saidthat renaming of the railway station is the ultimate aim of the organization and to assertthe legitimate right of themother tongue. While briefing his recent meeting with the Home Minister, Kar said that Sushil Kumar Shinde giving his seal and authority for the approvalof renaming Silchar Station as Bhasa Sahid Station sent it to the Ministry of Railways for its consent.
He requested the two MPsof Barak Valley, Kabindra Purkaystha and Lalit Mohan Sukhlavaidya to take necessary steps so that the station could be renamed before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He said that in the last elections every political party had the renaming ofrailway station as one of their poll agenda and it is high time that every political party irrespective of their ideologies should come forward to ensure the renaming before the Parliament elections.
Rajib Kar took the opportunity to express hisgratitude to Soumen Bahartiya, Batikram Masado and Abhijit Mazumder, director, ASEB, for their help and cooperation in fixing a meeting with the Home Minister. He also expressed his happiness that Sushil Kumar Shinde has refused to dub the 1961 language movement as 'regional patriotism' unlike the former Home Minister, P Chidambaram.
On the coming May 19, the Mancha is going to celebrate the 52 years of the glorious chapter in the annals of the history of Barak Valley with the sole objective of making the movement more strong in order to achieve the goal of renaming Silchar Railway Station as Bhasa Sahid Station, affirmed Kar. (Sentinelassam)

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