On February 21, 1952, the Language Movement demanding Bangla as a state language of Pakistan came to a head. The government clamped down Section 144, banning the assembly of four or more persons. Students were determined to violate the order and, since the morning of February 21, started gathering on the campus of the University of Dhaka. When the small groups emerged on to the main road, the police tried to restrain them, initially by a lathi-charge and tear gas and then by shooting. Six people died on the spot. Kamal`s Ekushey narrates the incidents of the day through the eyes of a small boy. Kamal and his friends do not see the actual shooting - though they hear the shots. The significance of the day will remain with Kamal - a point made by Professor Rafiqul Islam in the last sentence of the story added by him. Professor Islam`s photographs of the day have also been used to illustrate the book.