Vol. 5 Num 263 Tue. February 22, 2005  
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Ekushey tradition broken

In a deviation from traditional Amar Ekushey programmes at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital, recitation from the Quran was played over microphones from a makeshift podium at the venue.

The recitation was played intermittently from the night of February 19 till the afternoon of next day.

Dhaka University (DU) authorities, which coordinate the programmes, however said recitation from the Quran was played only for a few minutes for microphone testing instead of using English word 'hello'.

When contacted, Vice Chancellor SMA Faiz said microphone operators informed him they did it to avoid the English 'hello'. "I will ask the DU official who was in charge of microphone service to explain the matter," he added.

DU Teachers' Association (Duta) and Pragotishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ), a combine of some left-leaning student bodies, have demanded a probe into the incident.

Amar Ekushey 2005 Udjapan Kendriyo Samannoy Committee Coordinator and Duta President AAMS Arefin Siddique said, "We have asked the vice chancellor to find out who was responsible for this. I think it was a provocation."

PCJ leaders at a press conference said recitation from the Quran at the Shaheed Minar on the eve of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day was not proper since not only Muslims but also people of other religions gather at the venue to pay tributes to language martyrs.

They also submitted a memorandum to the VC demanding action against the persons responsible.