international mothers tongue day

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this is about the fact why we celebrate the mothers tongue day in india.

Submitted: September 03, 2016

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International Mother Language Day
Mother Language is a major tool for communication, exchanging of ideas, feelings and emotions which make individual accomplishments easier. We can say that it is the mother tongue connects us to our roots. Nelson Mandela rightly said that, if you talk to a man in a language he understands that language goes to his head. But if you talk to him in his mother tongue that particular language goes to his heart... February 21st is observed globally as the International Mother Language Day.
The very decision of observing the Mother Language Day was proclaimed at the 30th General conference of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which was held from 26th October to 17thNovember 1999 in Paris to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multiculturalism.
February 21st stands for the recognition and respect of every language in the world. It advocates bringing people into the wonderfully diverse languages and cultures around the world and endless possibilities it might have in prospect.
But question arises why only 21st February was selected…….?
That very day was selected on the ground that on this day in 1952 in retaliation to the key resolution passed at a national education summit in Karachi 1947 advocating Urdu as the sole state language and its exclusive use in the media and in schools, people of Bangladesh (the then East Pakistan) fought and sacrificed their lives to keep the glory and pride of their mother tongue which was Bangla.
UNESCO in appreciation and recognition of the unprecedented sacrifice made by the Bengali people for the cause of their mother tongue (matribhasa) selected February 21st in the honor of observing the day as International Mother Language Day.
21st February makes us realize that mother tongue is the most powerful instrument of preserving our tangible and intangible heritage.  The essence and identity of a particular culture lies in our mother tongue. This very day encourages the young generation to appreciate and develop their own perspectives and interpretations of their mother language making it relevant even in the era of globalization of communication and the tendency to use a single language.
The motto of International Mother Language Day is not to content ourselves in one language but to respect every human language.
Let us all come together and pay our respect to the language martyrs by taking away the right spirit from this day.


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