BJP Compares Islampur Incident With ‘Language Movement’, Sparks Criticism


Kolkata: Saffron Brigade is geared up to implement NRC in Bengal. But for this they faced several criticism. Even they are called Anti-Bengal party. Now Bengal BJP used Islampur incident as key tool to erase off their anti-Bengali image. Bengal BJP desperate to show two student’s death as language movement row. But in this area, they also faced criticism.

ইসলামপুরে ছাত্র মৃত্যুর জেরে ‘ভাষা আন্দোলন’ ঘিরে বেকায়দায় বিজেপি

Unfortunate but true, Bengal is now hotbed of political violence over the Islampur incident. Opposition party and ruling party attacked each other over the death of two students. Bengal witnessed two student’s death over the appointment of Bengali teachers in the school. The entire incident is now being projected as ‘Language Movement’ by the BJP.

Now the question raised that is what on the basis they termed Islampur incident as language movement. Is political advantage behind this? Or have some history behind on this. It is not found after many searching.

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Tensions were apparent in 1948 when Pakistan’s government declared that Urdu was the sole national language. This sparked protests among the Bengali-speaking majority in East Pakistan. The government outlawed the protests but on February 21, 1952, the police opened fire at the demonstrators and killed four students. UNESCO announced 21 February as the International Mother Language Day.

And the Indian context of Language Movement is that, after independence, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru recommended the formation of language-based province commission. In December 1948, the Commission gave the opinion that after independence, the National Congress was exempted from its previous pledge, and the unity of India should be given importance without forming only language-based provinces. But the demand for the formation of the state is never ended.

Purulia was connected with Bengal only for language movement. Between 1948 and 1956, the language movement spread intensely among Bengalis of Manbhum. Purulia district was earlier included in Bihar. At that time, they trying to impose Hindi language in Bihar’s school-college-government offices. Bengalis in Manbhum protested. Then Indian government was forced to associate Manbhum with the state of West Bengal.

The Bengali Language Movement in Assam was a protest against the decision of the Government of Assam to make Assamese the only official language of the state even though a significant proportion of population were Bengali people.The main incident, in which 11 people were killed by State police, took place on 19 May 1961 at Silchar railway station.

Later, in 1996, the firing took place in the movement for the rights of Bishnupriya Manipuri language in Karimganj. Sudeshna Singh is the world’s first indigenous language martyr.

So Islampur incident termed by BJP as language movement is complete political issue. A BJP leader, who was reluctant to reveal the name said that the language movement is not an issue rather, adopt the strategy to keep this issue alive till the Lok Sabha elections.