26 February 201609:47

Celebration of the International Mother Language Day in Kolkata

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On February 21, 2016 the Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh in Kolkata hosted an event dedicated to the International Mother Language Day. The International Mother Language Day was established according to the resolution adopted by the UNESCO General Conference at its 30th Session on November 17, 1999 to protect linguistic and cultural diversity. The date was selected in memory of events which took place in Dhaka on February 21, 1952, when local students who participated in a demonstration for the recognition of Bengali, their mother tongue, were shot dead by police. The Mother Language Day occupies one of the most important places among the memorable dates in Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal.

Representatives of the Kolkata consular corps, creative and intellectual elite, mass media, prominent public figures of Bangladesh and West Bengal were among the honorable guests who attended the event.

In his welcome address, the Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Kolkata Z.Ahad recalled the tragic events of February 21, 1952 in Dhaka.

On behalf of Russia, the Deputy Head of the Representation of the Rossotrudnichestvo in India Mr Yu.Dubovoi welcomed the organizers and participants of the event and noted that every language is unique and it reflects the mentality and traditions of the people. “However, nowadays, the language as a means of cultural identity is exposed to harassment in many parts of the world, including Eastern Europe. An adequate response to this challenge will help to avoid further tragedies like the tragedy in Dhaka in 1952”, Mr Yu.Dubovoi said.

The evening continued with a concert prepared by creative teams from Bangladesh and West Bengal as well as foreign diplomatic missions and cultural centers in Kolkata. Russia was represented by a group of students of the Institute of Russian language of the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Kolkata, who performed songs “Moscow Nights”, “Kalinka” and others.

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