“আমার ভাইয়ের রক্তে রাঙানো একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারি আমি কি ভুলিতে পারি ছেলেহারা শত মায়ের অশ্রু গড়ায়ে ফেব্রুয়ারি আমি কি ভুলিতে পারি”
“My Brothers Blood Spattered 21 February Can I forget the twenty-first of February incarnadined by the love of my brother? The twenty-first of February, built by the tears of a hundred mothers robbed of their sons, Can I ever forget it?”
A Brief History of Ekushey February, February 21st:
If you don’t know already: The British colonized the Indian
subcontinent for centuries and… I am angry… but fast forward to 1947’s
partition, which led to 2 nations: India, and Pakistan, which consisted of East
Pakistan–Now proudly Bangladesh–and West Pakistan–which is the present
Pakistan. Historically, East Pakistan was underrepresented in government and
military, and underfunded during the Pakistani rule despite the fact that out
of 69 million Pakistanis at the time, 44 million were Bengali-speaking and
residing in East Pakistan (Bangladesh).
Even though 54% of the national population spoke Bengali
(Bangla) as their mother tongue, in 1948 the Pakistani government enforced an ‘Urdu
Only’ law, saying that the sole official language of East (Bangladesh) and West
Pakistan would be Urdu—which had been promoted as the common language of
Muslims during the British Rule. This felt like an attack against the Bengali identity, one that not only aimed to establish supremacy of one people over the other but was also unrepresentative of the national population. Although sectorial
violence and tensions existed before, East Pakistan began protesting for our
right to speak our mother tongue, to establish our Bengali identity, to institute equal respect for Bangla. Bengali scholars, student leaders and politicians led, supported and fought alongside in the movement that began.
ON 20TH FEBRUARY, 1952, the government enforced
section 144: banning all public protests and marches in Dhaka. They began
imprisoning University of Dhaka’s student leaders.
ON THE 21ST OF FEBRUARY, students marched
protesting ‘Rashtro bhasha Bangla chai’ or ‘We want Bangla as the official
language’ and the Pakistani police opened fire, killing 4 and injuring 17. Hearing
the news of the shooting, thousands of people gathered in front of Dhaka Medical
College, where the injured were admitted, a state of civil unrest began. Every year
from then on, Bangladeshis began to commemorate this day of mourning and
organized demonstrations and protests. The next few years consisted of political unrest, imprisonment of Bengali politicians, and public demonstrations.
THE FIRST SHAHEED MINAR was built on February 22nd,
1952 in memory of the martyrs and was destroyed by the Pakistani army on February
26th. In 1957, a second minar was built in tandems and completed in 1963,
but that too was violently demolished by the Pakistani army in 1971. The current
Shaheed Minar was built in 1972 and stands to this day.
IN 1956, the Pakistani government ruled Bengali as an
official language alongside Urdu. In 1999, the UN declared 21st
February International Mother Language day. As Bangladeshi people, to this day
we march for the lives lost since those days in 1952, to the 1971 genocide,
until our independence. Early in the morning of every February 21st,
we walk to the Shaheed Minar (pictured above) with fresh flowers in our hands
and black badges on our chests. Ekushey February marked a significant day not
only because of our fight for our mother tongue, but because it strengthened
and became a part of the Bangladeshi identity and catalyzed events that led to
the 1971 liberation war.
I am proud of my history, I am proud of my people for fighting
for our language and identity under an oppressive rule. I mourn the deaths of
martyrs Abdus Salam, Rafiq Uddin Ahmed, Abul Barkat, Abdul Jabbar, and many
more. 21st February 1952 was the beginning to a tale of blood,
atrocities, and liberation. I am proud to be Bangladeshi. It’s time to acknowledge Bangladesh’s liberation and the 1971 genocide.
[I hope at least some of you read this and learned a little
bit more about my country and of course feel free to add to this. Images are
off google and I used my old Bangla textbooks and Wikipedia for specific dates.]
This is mainly supported by the episode stuck together (which in itself i think also explained a lot about gem anatomy)
In stuck together, steven and lars are traped inside of the topaz fusion and are trying to get out. They decide to tell/yell at topaz to try to get her attention but it doesnt seem that she was listening or could listen for that matter. This was pointed out by lars when he said, "she cant hear us with those big ear muffs she's wearing".
These "ear muffs" are her gem, obviously, but it did raise the question, can gems use their senses if their gem is placed there? It is suggested that it can not be in the episode but as soon as steven and lars finish talking, topaz opens up and reveals that she was listening. This in itself reveals a lot about gems like eye ball and jasper.
On a less important note, this proves that jasper can smell and use her nose BUT this also proves ruby can see out of her gem which is in her eye. This not only proves that eyeball's witness statement is true but it also proves that if ruby actually didnt see it right, it wasnt because of her gem but instead a third party source, such as a certain diamond's sadness aura or power.
(i read something where gem placement on diamonds are worth something and i agree. Meaning that blue and yellow both show both sides of the heart, more specifically; one strikes fear in the hearts of her enemies and court with power and one breaks the heart emotionally. Blue diamond is more emotionally advanced/minipulative than yellow diamond but yellow diamond knows how to use information to scare and inform people. Each diamond following their heart in a different way.
Lets assume that white diamonds gem is on her forehead, associated with the brain and pink is on her stomach. So pink follows her gut feeling but white diamond is extremely clever. If white diamond's natural gift is intellegence, that could imply that she can change memories or alter them. (This would also explain why she seems the be the head of the gem authority) Which would make eyeball, jasper and anyone else believe that rose shattered pink diamond when it was actually her.
This is in brakets because i havent really have solid proof or evidence but only a gut feeling)