The International Mother Language Day


The 21st of February is a red letter day in our national history and this day has been recognized as the International Mother Language Day. It is our pride because no nation of the world has ever fought for its language except us, the Bangalees. The recognition of the day as the International Mother Language Day by UNESCO has ushered in a new era in our national history. It is our greatest achievement. From the beginning of the 21st century, the whole world will observe 21st February as the International Mother Language Day which is the best reward for the language martyrs who laid down their lives for the sake of the mother tongue on 21st February 1952. The proposal to recognize 21st February as the International Mother Language Day was first put forward for consideration to the general assembly of UNESCO by a Canadian organization. At the time it was rejected as some western countries opposed this proposal. This proposal has again been put forward for consideration by the Education Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, to the 30th general assembly of UNESCO in 1999. After procrastination, the proposal was passed unanimously in the general assembly of UNESCO though some countries pointed out that the incident of 21st February was related to the Bangalees only. However, the recognition of the day as the International Mother Language Day by UNESCO has upheld our prestige all over the world and we celebrated the recognition nationally on 8th December 1999.