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International Mother Language Day

UNESCO declared 21st February as International Mother Language Day on 17 November 1999. Before that this day was observed as Language Movement Day in Bangladesh. This is a red letter date for any people in the world who loves their mother language. And it is specially crucial for the people whose mother tongue is Bangla (Bengali).
In 1952, 21st February, some students of Dhaka University continued the formerly started movement to recognize Bangla as one of the state language of Pakistan while a law of section 144 was running on. Those students were shot down by the police force of Pakistan. Salam, Rofique, Jabbar, Barqat and many other died in that brutal police action. This incident triggered the movement a lot higher and aroused more consciousness among the people of Bangladesh (formerly West Pakistan). After years of dispute central government granted the recognition to Bengali language in 1956. This would not be achieved if those students did not allow their valuable lives to be gunned down in the honor for their mother tongue on 21st February, 1952. The whole world respects them as language martyrs. They are the pride of Bangladesh as well as of any human being who respects his mother tongue. This movement sown the seeds to the liberation of Bangladesh (formerly West Pakistan) which was later achieved in 1971 after 9 months of long bloodshed war against Pakistan.
Now the whole world observes this day as International Mother Language Day. It's a great achievement for Bangladeshi people. And it's the righteous honor for the martyrs who laid down their lives to promote their mother language. We will never forget their sacrifice.


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