Bangladesh wants more inclusive and equitable world that respects each language: Shahriar Alam Mother Language Day
Kuruman/Wikipedia Central Shaheed Minar

Bangladesh wants more inclusive and equitable world that respects each language: Shahriar Alam

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 21 Feb 2023, 08:53 pm

Dhaka, February 21: State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said, "More inclusive and equitable" Bangladesh's commitment to the world is reiterated, where every language will be valuable and honored.

"Our world is incredibly diverse, people of different cultures and linguistic backgrounds live together. However, this variation can sometimes cause misunderstandings and conflicts, which can create division and excitement," the state minister said.

"It is very important to work for building cultural and linguistic harmony," he said. "Let the consciousness of February 26 be spread among all."

Shahriar Alam said this while addressing the chief guest on the occasion of Language Martyrs' Day and International Mother Language Day.

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, France Ambassador to Bangladesh Mary Masdupuy and members of the diplomatic community attended the event.

The state minister said the victory of the language movement encouraged Bengalis in the struggle for independence of Bangladesh.

"After 1952, all the milestones in our history- the six-point demand of the 1966, the mass uprising of the 1969, the Awami League was the absolute majority in the Pakistan national elections in the 1970, and finally influenced by the spirit and ideals of the independence-language movement in the 1971."

"We are probably the only nation in the world who have sacrificed life for the dignity of mother tongue. The brave children of our motherland set a rare example."

Shahriar Alam said, "The language movement has given us speed and strength to the Bengali nationalism movement for our convenience."

He said that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gave the first speech in Bengal in the UN General Assembly in the 1974.

Its purpose was to inform the people about Bangla, for which the Bengalis sacrificed their lives and uphold the dignity of the mother tongue.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also addressed the UN General Assembly session in Bengal.

"We are grateful to the international community for realizing and recognizing the consciousness of our language movement," Shahriar Alam said.

The best way to understand a nation is to learn the language they speak.

"On this day we should celebrate the prosperity of different cultures and languages and increase their compromise and respect for each other," he said.

He said that more inter -cultural dialogue should be started to break the barrier and reduce the gap between different communities.

"In order to ensure the positive results of our initiative, the change in the outlook is very important. We can engage in the innovative solutions of the challenges we are facing in promotion of cultural and linguistic harmony, as well as the public and private stakeholders of all levels, as well as youth."

The state minister said that in this age of technological progress, social media, print and electronic media could be a very effective tool in this regard.