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21 February: emotions vs reality February 21, 2009

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, Culture, EDUCATION.
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21st February is observed with all its grandeur. President and Prime Minister of the country placed the floral wreath on the first minute of the day in the middle of the night. Then the ministers, opposition leaders, MPs of parliaments, teachers of universities, journalists and people from all walks of life endlessly streamed through the Shahid Minar throughout the day. BTV telecast the event live till 12 noon,though people continued to come to the Minar even after that. The same scenario one would get in every towns and villages of the country.

In Bangladesh, no other event is observed with so much grief and festivity. It is at the same time an event of loss and achievement. We have lost some of our greatest sons of the soil. But in exchange, we have achieved the dignity of our mother tongue. The world has given the recognition of the sacrifice by recognizing 21st February as the International Mother Language Day. There is no way to deny that language movement reap the seed of liberation in our heart.

But there is many things left yet to achieve. Though Bangla is our state language, it is still not practiced in all works of state craft.

Though Bangla is the medium of education in our mainstream schools and colleges, but higher and technical education are still beyond it’s reach.

More disturbing is the growing spread of the English medium schools in our cities which rather nourish alien cultures. It is no harm to know a foreign language rather the Bangla medium schools should be more equipped with the teaching of English as a language but when an institution affects your culture one should be cautious about that.

State supported little the basic research on language. Bangla Academy become more a social organization than a research one. It become more involved in organizing events than carrying out research. Most of the books that Bangla Academy so far published are less significant in its substance. Government should then have a separate research organization on language or should have continued the Bangla Unnayan Academy with the same purpose.

Bangla cultural activities also didn’t get good state support. Bangladesh Council which was destined to develop Bangla culture didn’t continue for long after liberation.

We should concentrate our efforts to preserve our language and literature, to support more research works, to nourish more intellectual works, to translate more world literature and to produce more academic works.

We also couldn’t show adequate respect to our language martyrs. Enough time has passed and we shouldn’t neglect our own spirit.

An ordinary citizen

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1. Brian Barker - February 21, 2009

On the occasion of International Mother Language Day on 21st February, you may be interested in the contribution, made by the World Esperanto Association, to UNESCO’s campaign for the protection of endangered languages.

The following declaration was made in favour of Esperanto, by UNESCO at its Paris HQ in December 2008. http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=38420&URL_DO=DO_PRINTPAGE&URL_SECTION=201.html

The commitment to the campaign to save endangered languages was made, by the World Esperanto Association at the United Nations’ Geneva HQ in September.
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=eR7vD9kChBA&feature=related or http://www.lernu.net


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