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Thursday, December 12, 2013

[] RE: story behind joy bungul group

Long before that our national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam uttered the slogan " Joy Bangla" in his election campaign, when he ran for Bengal Lagislative Assembly in the year1937 from Faridpur Zila. Not only that, he was the first to use word "Bangladesh" in his writing when the norm of the then literary circle was to use the word "Bengal" or "Bangla". 

Shahadat Suhrawardy

> Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:43:07 -0800
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> Subject: story behind joy bungul group
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> 'Joy bangla' sologan was first coined by Siraj Sikdar in 1968 after he broke from
> then EPSU (chatro union / menon group ) and started a group called test tube group;
> to start a social experiment to raise awareness about plight of under class in all
> bengal. In Jan 1969 he changed the name Testube group Shorbohara party and
> replace the slogan joy bangla with joy shobora, Some time in early 1969 Tofail
> started using the slogan joy bangla at chatro league meetings and refered sk mujib
> as bongo bondhu (some sarcastically twisted it as bungul bondhu). Even sheik kamal
> his dad as bongo bondhu, one day Jami, youngest son Jahanara Imam, his then best
> friend Akku and Kumar morshed (son of mp Noorjahan/sarwar morshed) confronted sk kamal,
> why he refers his dad as Bongo bondhu and not dad. His reply, dad likes that, also
> mentioned his dad thought 'bongo bondu' and 'joy bangla' is so catchy that
> propelled his popularity to stratosphere among young and uneducated who
> understood very little what he stood for. Still now those word from sheik mujib
> rings true even for many supposedly educated. Joy bangla has more or less like
> a tribal war cry in backward part of the world. Only thing matters is feel proud to
> go blind from the scream of those words and get ready to hate/kill or killed without
> rymes reason. From party slogan of test tube group; Joy bangla became lot like what jai hind is to bjp roiter.
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