Daily Archives: February 22, 2014

INITIATIVE ON TO SAVE INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES

 INITIATIVE ON TO SAVE INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES Mahbubur Rahman Khan The International Mother Language Institution has begun a survey on languages of indigenous communities to revitalise and preserve them through documentation. It is expected to complete surveying at least four to … Continue reading

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CONTRIBUTORS TO THE MOVEMEN

CONTRIBUTORS TO THE MOVEMENT Notable among the main contributors to the Bangla language movement are: 1. Professor Dr Mohd Shahidullah (10 July 1885-13 July 1969).  2. Dhirendra Nath Datta (1897- 1971). Lawyer and politician. 3. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (Father … Continue reading

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MUTINY FOR THE SAKE OF LANGUAGE

“BHASHA ANDOLON” MUTINY FOR THE SAKE OF LANGUAGE After the partition of India in 1947 and the establishment of the Dominion of Pakistan, East Pakistan was formed made up 44 million of the newly formed Bengali-speaking people out of Pakistan’s … Continue reading

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PROPOSAL AND DISCUSSION AT PAKISTAN GONOPORISHAD TO MAKE BANGALI STATE LANGUAGE

PROPOSAL AND DISCUSSION AT PAKISTAN GONOPORISHAD TO MAKE BANGALI STATE LANGUAGE MARCH 27, 1952 Mr. Nur Ahmed (East Bengal: Muslim): Sir, I move: “That the Assembly is of opinion that Bengali language shall be made the State language of Pakistan.” Sir, … Continue reading

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POLAND MARKS INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY

POLAND MARKS INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY A song and dance spectacular was part of a gala performance in Warsaw on Wednesday evening in advance of today’s International Mother Language Day. Leslaw Zurek (L), Janusz Radek (2L), Jacek Wojcicki (2R) and … Continue reading

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LOCAL LANGUAGES FOR GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: SPOTLIGHT ON SCIENCE

LOCAL LANGUAGES FOR GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: SPOTLIGHT ON SCIENCE UNESCO’s position towards multilingual education is strengthened as part of its efforts to promote global citizenship education. According to UNESCO, “Education for Global Citizenship aims to enable learners to play an active … Continue reading

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TODAY IS ‘INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY’

 TODAY IS ‘INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY’ Carlin Davids The dominance of some languages has been preserved through legislation and through practice, where everything has to be done in a particular language. Yet other languages, known as ‘mother languages’ in South … Continue reading

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DON’T FORGET INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY!

DON’T FORGET INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY By Aniket Maitra We sometimes forget the holidays that we don’t get off. In the year 2000, the General Assembly recognized February 21st as International Mother Language Day. It’s a day we overlook but … Continue reading

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LANGUAGE MOVEMENT

LANGUAGE MOVEMENT By Farida Majid, USA Mixed emotions of remembrance of the traumatic days of February, 1952, when three of my uncles were hauled to Dhaka Central Jail for involvement in the agitation, have become more mixed up in recent … Continue reading

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A JOURNEY THROUGH NATIONALISM

A JOURNEY THROUGH NATIONALISM SHAH HUSAIN IMAM takes an incisive look at the concept of nationalism in our Constitution and culture. ‘Nationalism’ is a given to any nation-state having defined borders and territory. So, the question arises as to why … Continue reading

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EKUSHEY 1952: CHARTING THE COURSE TO LIBERTY

EKUSHEY 1952: CHARTING THE COURSE TO LIBERTY SYED BADRUL AHSAN retraces the spirit of Ekushey, which led to the emergence of liberated Bangladesh. Ekushey was the beginning. Then again, there was a beginning to Ekushey, back in February 1948, when … Continue reading

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BANGLA: A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

BANGLA: A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW SYED ASHRAF ALI Language”, claims O.W. Holmes, “is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.” No wonder, language occupies a very important place in the life of a … Continue reading

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REVIVING FULLY THE AMAR EKUSHEY IDEALS IN OUR LIFE

REVIVING FULLY THE AMAR EKUSHEY IDEALS IN OUR LIFE ENAYET RASUL BHUIYAN A human life  without ideology is like living a life of the lower animals Humans are distinguished from other animals by the fact that unlike these animals the … Continue reading

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THE ENDURING SPIRIT OF EKUSHEY FEBRUARY

THE ENDURING SPIRIT OF EKUSHEY FEBRUARY SOURCE: WEEKEND DESK Today is Ekushey, the 21st February, a great day in the history of Bangladesh. On this day 62 years ago a few brave Bangladeshi youths laid down their lives to protect … Continue reading

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