President's Corner


Urdu Speaking peoples Youth Rehabilitation Movement
[Non-Political Organization]       USPYRM


‘Rehabilitate Urdu-speaking people permanently’

Date: 19 May, 2011
Day:  Thursday
:Sousce: Daily Sun








Speakers at a discussion on Wednesday urged the government to arrange permanent rehabilitation of the Urdu-speaking people, popularly known as Biharis, in the country and attach special importance to their basic needs.

The Urdu-speaking people cannot get access to the government jobs yet despite obtaining citizenship through a High Court verdict three years ago, they observed.

Urdu Speaking People’s Youth Rehabilitation Movement Bangladesh (USPYRMB) organised the discussion titled ‘Celebration of the 3rd anniversary of getting citizenship and voting rights: Respective rehabilitation and human rights’ at the Dhaka Reporters Unity in the city.

Jatiya Mukti Council President Badruddin Umar regretted the fact that the new generation Urdu speaking people are growing up without learning Urdu language.

“We, Bangla-speaking people, faced the aggression of Urdu language in 1952. We are doing the same wrong now with the Urdu-speaking people by not giving them the opportunity to learn their language,” he commented.

He called on the Urdu-speaking people to be united with other minority groups, who are deprived of their basic rights, to press the government to meet their demands.

Prof Akmal Hossain of Dhaka University said the government should try to protect the Urdu speaking people’s culture as well as other cultures since every democratic society should have cultural diversities.

He asked the Urdu-speaking people to face politically the struggle for achieving their basic rights and make a common platform with other deprived people of the country.

Presiding over the discussion, USPYRMB President Sadakat Khan said the present government do not take any steps to resolve their problems though it was the government’s electoral pledge.

He said they do not get passport and their children cannot enrol in the government registered schools although they obtained citizenship three years ago.

USPYRMB Chief Adviser Mostak Ahmed demanded that the government should return their properties, which they lost after the Liberation War, cancelling the Abandoned Property Act.

USPYRMB General Secretary Shahid Ali in his keynote paper demanded passage of a bill in the Jatiya Sangsad to resolve their problems immediately.

Editor of The New Nation Mostafa Kamal Majumder, Refugee and Migratory Movement Research Unit Executive Director Prof CR Abrar and lawyer Hafizur Rahman Khan spoke, among others.