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Bangladeshi’s kept Bangla alive in UK

Bangladeshi's kept Bangla alive in UK
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In 1952 because Rofique, Salam, Borkot, and other individuals were still living in 1952. Thus, it resulted in a linguistic movement that is still going strong, and under the direction of Bangladesh’s founding father, our country gained its independence. Every year, we all remember this anniversary and honour those who have sacrificed their lives to preserve the Bengali language. We NRB in the UK because London, the capital of England, is home to the largest Bengali community, which first settled in Brick Lane, Algate, East London, which later developed into the nation’s Bengali metropolis. In London, many individuals and groups celebrate February 21 by erecting a cardboard replica of the Shaheed Minar at a residence; however, the first such event took place in 1982, spearheaded by Kobi Nazrul.

Committee for Management of Kobi Nazrul Centre At the Kobi Nazrul Centre on Hanbury Street in the BanglaTown neighbourhood of East London, Bengalis constructed a wooden Shaheed Minar. Following the closure of the Kobi Nazrul Centre due to internal strife among the management committee, the wooden Shaheed Minar was relocated to 52-1/2 Hanbury Street at the Bangladesh Youth Association’s (BYA)! On September 12, 1997, the Tower Hamlets Council named the Bangle Town opening ceremony, which was presided over by Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abdus Samad Azad MP. The committee was led by Councillor Rajon Uddin Jalal, who was the chairman of the Regeneration Committee of the Tower Hamlets Council, and Councillor Sunahwar Ali, who was the vice-chairman and chairman of the BanglaTown working group. This was the first street signboard in British history. Where two languages and the first in the UK Bengali language where started naming the street signboard written in both English- Bengali language. On 31 October 2023 discover inside Gatewick Airport in a repute shop kept signboard of the Brick Lane in both English and Bengali language! Following up article by Ansar Ahmed Ullah on 27 February 2024 ” Shaheed Minars In the UK and Europe” main Shaheed Minar in the UK Altab Ali Park in Whitechapel, East London provide detail of each Shaheed Minars organisations behind and getting support for local Authority including planning permission, land and the funds from local authority. The London Shaheed Minar was unveiled by in 17 February 1999 by the speaker of Bangladesh, Humayan Rashid Choudhury and joined by locals British MP and Councillors and community leaders. In Oldham under the leadership of Bengali Youth took initiative building permanent Shaheed Minar in 1990 getting planning permission from Oldham Council, council provided land and Gant of £28,000 for the contribution to Oldham Bangladesh Association ( OBA) where local Awami Jubo League had leading role in construction of the Shaheed Minar inaugurated on 5 October 1997.

On 8 August 2004 the UK third Shaheed Minar was inaugurated in Luton under leadership of Bangladesh Youth League started Anti Racist Movement in 1979 the Shaheed Minar was built in land of Bangladesh Youth League in Luton getting local authority planning permission and paid from Bangladesh Youth League own funds inaugurated by Bangladesh High Commissioner Mofazul Karim and Lord Bill Mackenzie and local MP, Margaret Moran, local councillors and community leaders. The Birmingham has second largest Bengali community in the UK where Shaheed Minar committee did establish their permanent Shaheed Minar within their own funding in a Bangladesh Multipurpose Centre on 7 February 2011. In Suffolk Bangladeshi Society in Ipswich build their permanent Shaheed Minar in 2016 in Alexander Park fully founded , planning permission given by local Council.

The Shaheed Minar in Cardiff, Wales after ten years of tiredness efforts pledge was announced at a gala dinner attended by Bangladesh Foreign Minister, Dr Dipu Moni on 5 November 2018 where other guest where including Bangladesh High Commissioner, Nazmul Quaunine, Cardiff Lord mayor Diane Rees other local dignitaries where Grange more Park on 20 February 2019 planning permission and land provided by Local Council total cost of the project £186,645. Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina contributed £69,000 rest of the money raised from local community and Cardiff Council.

Also in Europe Cities permanent Shaheed Minar in memory to languages movement of 1952. Was inaugurated in Rome, Italy in 2011 by foreign minister Dr Dipu Moni. Also first initiative to build a Shaheed Minar in the Netherland by group of Bengali diaspora led by community in 2011 a petition with signature handed over to three mayors of three cities- Amsterdam, Hauge and Rotterdam where majority Bengali where living in Hague, so mayor of Hague took initiative with other people which Dutch government approved the request for Shaheed Minar in 2018 in permanent Shaheed Minar Minarate Bernard Marie Square of the St Denis University. In Paris symbolised the language movement was inaugurated in Paris jointly by St. Denis Mayor, Mathieu Hanotin in long time dreams of French Bengali NRB has been fullfil on 8 October 2023 by Bangladesh State Minister for Culture KM Khalid.

In 2015 a Shaheed Minar was established in Lisbon, Portugal and in 2016 Porto. All these Shaheed Minars holds significant importance to the British- European Bengali NRBs and it stands for the linguistics heritage and recognise and celebrate the community cultural roots. The Shaheed Minars upholds the image of the Bengali language in the UK and European Cities and in February 1999 the United Nation recognised the Bengali language movement and UNESCO, the United Nation educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation declared 21 February as International Day to be observed globally in recognition of the sacrifices of the Bengali language martyrs those who given their lives to establish the rightful place of the Bengali language and preserve the difference in culture an linguistic diversity foster tolerance and respect for others. where two languages and the first in the UK Bengali language where started naming the street signboard written in both English- Bengali language.

Bangladeshi's kept Bangla alive in UK

On 31 October 2023 discover inside Gatewick Airport in a repute shop kept signboard of the Brick Lane in both English and Bengali language! Following up article by Ansar Ahmed Ullah on 27 February 2024 ” Shaheed Minars In the UK and Europe” main Shaheed Minar in the UK Altab Ali Park in Whitechapel, East London provide detail of each Shaheed Minars organisations behind and getting support for local Authority including planning permission, land and the funds from local authority. The London Shaheed Minar was unveiled by in 17 February 1999 by the speaker of Bangladesh , Humayan Rashid Choudhury and joined by locals British MP and Councillors and community leaders. In Oldham under the leadership of Bengali Youth took initiative building permanent Shaheed Minar in 1990 getting planning permission from Oldham Council, council provided land and Gant of £28,000 for the contribution to Oldham Bangladesh Association ( OBA) where local Awami Jubo League had leading role in construction of the Shaheed Minar inaugurated on 5 October 1997.

On 8 August 2004 the UK third Shaheed Minar was inaugurated in Luton under leadership of Bangladesh Youth League started Anti Racist Movement in 1979 the Shaheed Minar was built in land of Bangladesh Youth League in Luton getting local authority planning permission and paid from Bangladesh Youth League own funds inaugurated by Bangladesh High Commissioner Mofazul Karim and Lord Bill Mackenzie and local MP, Margaret Moran, local councillors and community leaders. The Birmingham has second largest Bengali community in the UK where Shaheed Minar committee did establish their permanent Shaheed Minar within their own funding in a Bangladesh Multipurpose Centre on 7 February 2011. In Suffolk Bangladeshi Society in Ipswich build their permanent Shaheed Minar in 2016 in Alexander Park fully founded , planning permission given by local Council. The Shaheed Minar in Cardiff, Wales after ten years of tiredness efforts pledge was announced at a gala dinner attended by Bangladesh Foreign Minister, Dr Dipu Moni on 5 November 2018 where other guest where including Bangladesh High Commissioner, Nazmul Quaunine, Cardiff Lord mayor Diane Rees other local dignitaries where Grange more Park on 20 February 2019 planning permission and land provided by Local Council total cost of the project £186,645. Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina contributed £69,000 rest of the money raised from local community and Cardiff Council. Also in Europe Cities permanent Shaheed Minar in memory to languages movement of 1952. Was inaugurated in Rome, Italy in 2011 by foreign minister Dr Dipu Moni. Also first initiative to build a Shaheed Minar in the Netherland by group of Bengali diaspora led by community in 2011 a petition with signature handed over to three mayors of three cities- Amsterdam, Hauge and Rotterdam where majority Bengali where living in Hague, so mayor of Hague took initiative with other people which Dutch government approved the request for Shaheed Minar in 2018 in permanent Shaheed Minar Minarate Bernard Marie Square of the St Denis University.

In Paris symbolised the language movement was inaugurated in Paris jointly by St. Denis Mayor, Mathieu Hanotin in long time dreams of French Bengali NRB has been fullfil on 8 October 2023 by Bangladesh State Minister for Culture KM Khalid. In 2015 a Shaheed Minar was established in Lisbon, Portugal and in 2016 Porto. All these Shaheed Minars holds significant importance to the British- European Bengali NRBs and it stands for the linguistics heritage and recognise and celebrate the community cultural roots. The Shaheed Minars upholds the image of the Bengali language in the UK and European Cities and in February 1999 the United Nation recognised the Bengali language movement and UNESCO, the United Nation educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation declared 21 February as International Day to be observed globally in recognition of the sacrifices of the Bengali language martyrs those who given their lives to establish the rightful place of the Bengali language and preserve the difference in culture an linguistic diversity foster tolerance and respect for others. The NRB made great contributions during 1971 war against the Pakistan but did not stop there which made excellent work and contributions to keep the language movement going by establish not only Shaheed Minar all over the world but names streets and area naming Bengali names and Bangladesh!

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