Today is the day we celebrate out language, Bengali, and a day we commemorate to the martyrs who died for our language on this day in 1952 in the Bengali Language Movement Demonstration held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. UNESCO acknowledges this day as International Mother Language Day which promotes peace and multilingualism and protects mother languages everywhere in the world.
I remember while I was in school, I tried to bring awareness to this date, this war, this fight for freedom: freedom from oppression, freedom to speak a language, freedom for the people in all of my papers and projects because no one knew about it. Even when I went to research it and looked for information in books, there would only be either a paragraph about it or a page at the most. I remember doing my 10th grade research project on it and had a hard time finding information for which I consulted the librarian. She told me that our library books had little to no information about it unfortunately and promised to find some sources online. So as you can guess, my research was limited. But still, I’m happy I did that project because I was able to present it to my class as well as bring awareness to the fact that something like this did happen and yes, a country did fight a war just to speak it’s own language. And I’m proud to be a part of that country.