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Derek O'Brien

No. This column isn’t about cricket. Tomorrow is Bhasha Dibas. On February 21, 1952, students of Dhaka University led a procession from their campus demanding that Bangla be made the state language. The police opened fired and killed a number of students. A few days later Shaheed Minar was built by the students as a symbol of protest against the killing and of love for their mother tongue. Fearing the monument would become a meeting ground, the police demolished it within hours of its being erected. In 1953 a replica was erected. Twelve years ago UNESCO declared February 21 International Mother Language Day in recognition of the Bengali Language Movement.


1. Which famous Indian musician was initially named Qamaruddin?

Preeta Barua, Assam

2. Who was the first woman recipient of the Sahitya Academy Award?

Nilanjana Chatterjee, Calcutta

3. Which insect communicates by dancing to mainly denote direction and distance?

Reetaj Ghosh, Calcutta

4. n which Indian classical dance form does the dancer commence with a sequence called That?

Ishika Singh, Jamshedpur

5. Two rockets captured from which Indian ruler by the British are displayed at the Royal Artillery Museum in London?

Imon Sen, Calcutta

6. Which state of India derives its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Odra Vishaya’ or ‘Odra Desa’?

Sumeli Das, Durgapur

7. Which river is called the Tsang Po or Zangbo in Tibet and the Dihang in Arunachal Pradesh?

Prantik Chakraborty, Calcutta

8. In Punjab, which festival is celebrated by the Sikhs along with the commemoration of the founding of the Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh?

Susanta Karmakar, Burdwan

9. In September 1965,which word was used in print for the first time in the San Francisco Examiner under the title A New Haven for Beatniks?

Panchali Sen Sharma, Calcutta


The main dais of the Shaheed Minar, designed by Hamidur Rahman, represents a mother with outstretched hands standing along with her martyred sons.


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