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22 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Love the mother tongue without ignoring other languages

Languages are the most powerful way to preserve and develop culture and to promote it all across the world
Md Muzibur Rahman
Love the mother tongue without 
ignoring other languages

Every human being first expresses himself, after he is born on earth, through his mother tongue. The language is that one first learns to speak and interacts when he/she is a child. So, the love of mother tongue is natural and inevitable. The history of our mother tongue is hundreds of years. The Bengali language predominates in countries like India (West Bengal, Tripura, Assam), Bangladesh, in some areas of Myanmar as mother tongue. There are hundreds of languages in the world by which peoples interact with each other with their respective languages.

English is the international language in the world and some other languages are recognized important internationally for their importance and predomination. International Mother Language Day is celebrated every year on 21st February. The main purpose of celebrating this day is to promote the awareness of language and cultural diversity all across the world. It was first announced by UNESCO on November 17, 1999. Since then it is being celebrated every year. The date represents the day 21st February 1952 when four young students were killed in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, because of Bengali and Urdu language controversy. Languages are the most powerful way to preserve and develop culture and to promote it all across the world.

Because of this unfortunate incident, International Mother Language Day is celebrated in all over the world, while it is a public holiday in Bangladesh. In 1947 at the time of partition of Pakistan, the province Bengal was divided into two parts: the western part became India and the eastern part is known as East Bengal which was later known as East Pakistan. At that time there were many economic, social and cultural issues including linguistic issue. In 1948 when government announced Urdu as the state language it sparked protest among the Bengali speaking majority of Pakistan. The protest got out of control and ended with the death of four students of the University of Dhaka who were shot by the police. The students' deaths during the fight for their mother language are now remembered as The International Mother Language Day. The Shaheed Minar in Dhaka pays respect to those four protestors killed for the sake of their mother language.

On International Mother Language Day, UNESCO and other UN agencies take part in the events to promote cultural and linguistic diversity all around the world. They appreciate and encourage people to be knowledgeable about their mother language and provide them with awareness regarding the promotion of their language and culture towards other countries. In Bangladesh on International Mother Language Day people go to Shaheed Minar to pay tribute to the martyr of 21st February and put flowers on the monument. This is a time for Bangladeshis to celebrate their culture, traditions and their Bengali national language. The prizes are given to those who made outstanding performance in language and cultural diversity.

International Mother Language Day is celebrated in memory of the four students who were killed while fighting for their mother language and is celebrated to tell them that we will never forget their sacrifices. So, we love and respect our mother tongue and celebrate the 21st February with due solemnity and enthusiasm. Here is a point. We will love mother tongue certainly but we will not ignore other languages in the world for the sake of our own language, culture and development. We will have to learn other languages for beautifying our own language, culture and development. In the age globalization, the nations are giving importance on more connectivity among themselves for mutual benefits and

cooperation.

Either it may be in education, research, trainings or for any business, export-imports, diplomacy and foreign jobs. For an example, if we want to take foreign degree in education, training courses with foreign curriculum, higher degree in profession and skill in foreign land, want to take foreign job, communicate easily with other nations, we must learn host country’s language or communicate through recognized international language. The countries are considered more developed where citizens are rich in diverse languages. We have many foreign training courses, terms and schedules which are not in our own language such as names of imported machineries, technological ideas, science fictions, meanings and terminologies which are not translated in our mother tongue. So, we cannot ignore other languages. We need to love our language without ignoring other languages, for our own benefits and interests.  

The writer specializes on development and economics issues. E-mail: muzibur64@gmail.com

 

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