World Mother Language Day
World Mother Language Day is celebrated on 21st February every year worldwide to preserve mother tongue in countries around the world. In November 1999, UNESCO decided to celebrate the mother tongue. Celebrated every year since February, 2000. The main purpose behind this is to respect the diversity of language and culture and to promote multilingualism. UNESCO has identified more than 7000 languages from different countries which are used for writing, reading or speaking.
Why February 21 is Mother Language Day.
In 1948, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Zina, announced that Urdu would be the national language for East and West Pakistan, Urdu would be accepted as a constitutional language, and all government and business would now be conducted in Urdu.
The announcement was accepted by the people of West Pakistan but not by the people of East Pakistan as the main language of the people was Bengali. These people were not willing to give up their mother tongue and accept Urdu at any cost, which led to a fierce protest on 21 February 1952 by students of Dhanka University. The agitation against the government was aimed at preserving the existence of their mother tongue and giving official status to the Bengali language, for which huge rallies were held, thousands joined the rally, the government sent police to crush the agitation, police charged batons and opened fire in which thousands were injured. The students died. Many people lost their lives in this movement but did not give up their love of mother tongue.
To pay tribute to the youth and students who were martyred in this language movement, UNESCO decided to celebrate February 21 as World Mother Language Day at the 1999 General Conference.
The language that the child receives from the mother, the language spoken in the family is the mother tongue
The language in which the child laughed, cried, the language in which the child first heard the word, the language in which the child tried to speak Kalu-Kalu, later the vocabulary of that language became rich and dominated, the language in which the child learned to think, feel, and express feelings and thoughts That language is the mother tongue.
You would be surprised to know that Israel did not start teaching until seven years of independence because it did not have books in its own language. Education began in seven years when all the scholars of Israel worked twenty-four hours a day, without taking a penny, to translate the English texts from around the world into Hebrew.
The children started learning in English so they forgot to read and write Gujarati. 'Language goes, culture goes' justifies endangering the existence of mother tongue as well as Indian culture
Our Gujarati poet has mentioned in his beautiful poetry that wherever a Gujarati lives, there is Gujarat forever..wherever Gujarati is spoken, there is Gurjari atmosphere .. !!
Umashankar Joshi called it 'Gandhigira', Pujya Mahatma Gandhiji called it 'Dudhbhasha'
Father Wallace has been saying for many years, "If the language goes away, the culture goes away." To move away from the mother tongue or to forget is to move away from our own and our thoughts. The mother tongue teaches the confidence to stand still on the ground. Mother, mother tongue and motherland !
According to the 22nd edition of the World Language Database, English is the most spoken language, followed by Hindi. Is
India has six of the 20 most spoken languages in the world.
According to the 2011 census, Hindi is the most spoken language in India which is spoken by 57% of the population, followed by English, Bengali at number three, Marathi at number four, and Gujarati at number six.
2021 theme: "Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society" ("Promoting multilingualism for inclusion in education and society").
2020 theme: Languages without borders
Theme for 2019: Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation (Indigenous languages are important for development, peace building and reconciliation)
2018 theme: Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development. (Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development.)
Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either, Looks like BT aint for me either, Looks like BT aint for me either, Looks like BT aint for me either. Our relationship with language is interconnected. We will revive the language, the mother tongue will revive us for the sake of the mother. Happy "World Mother Language Day".