The Makers of History: International Mother Language Day

Topics: Bengali language, International Mother Language Day, Bangladesh Pages: 2 (849 words) Published: January 15, 2013
This is to sketch the footprints of Shahid Minar from Dhaka to everywhere of the world, from 1952 to endless future of mankind. The pioneer is Rafiqul Islam with remarkable politeness and a penetrating vision. A typical "Bangali Face", slim-built, and poetic eyes full of dreams, this man is too big to measure. No wonder that he is a Freedom Fighter as well in the battlefield against the Napak Army and his younger brother was killed in one of the face-to-face battles. He lives in Vancouver. He is from Comilla, Bangladesh. It all started when he came to know that some languages of the world are simply not there anymore. He felt that some beautiful plants of this colourful garden of different human languages did not suffer natural deaths; they were simply killed by criminals in different disguises. With the strength of peace, he started his lonely crusade against this monster, which would soon leave a permanent mark towards the progress of peace for mankind in this planet. And soon, he was not alone anymore. Abdus Salam was there. Now let us walk through the dates of the developments. 1.9 January, 1998. Rafiq wrote a letter to Mr. Kofi Anan, to take a step for saving all the languages of the world from the possibility of extinction and to declare an International Mother Language Day. Rafiq proposed the date as 21st February on the pretext of 1952 killing in Dhaka on the occasion of Language Movement. 2.20 January 1998. From the office of the Secretary General, the Chief Information Officer Mr Hasan Ferdous ( A Bangladeshi and knowledgeable writer as well) advised Rafiq to propose the same from any member country of the UNO. 3.Rafiq established "A Group Of Mother Language Of The World" With Abdus Salam, 2 English, 1 Hindi, 1 German, 1 Cantonese, 1 Kachhi speaking people. They again wrote to Mr. Anan, with a copy forwarded to Mr. David Fowler, the Canadian Ambassador to the UNO. Rafiq-Salam continued communication with Canadian Government. 4.Mid 1999. Mr Hasan...
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