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Why Millennials Should Be Proud Of Their Mother Tongue?

Published on 21 February, 2019 at 2:09 pm By

“Fu*k kyun hai cool

Jaane galat kyu hai chu***a!”

Yes, I borrowed the lines from Raftaar’s popular rap Mantoiyat. Sadly, this line portrays the feelings of millennials who consider their mother tongues to be unworthy! Today is International Mother Language Day. It is a day when people across the world promote awareness of linguistic diversity. The day was declared by UNESCO and is observed since 1999.


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The International Mother Language Day is a tribute to the brave Bangladeshis who gave up their lives in a movement that was started to save their language – Bengali. For the uninitiated, when Pakistan was created in 1947, then present-day Bangladesh was also its part. Back then, it was known as East Pakistan and the majority of people in that part spoke Bengali.

The movement started when Pakistan decided to impose Urdu as its only national language. The students from the University of Dhaka got engaged in a bloody battle to save their Matrabhasha (mother tongue). This day is observed to uphold the sacrifices of the martyrs.

 

 


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Enough of history lessons, now let us get back to the matter in hand. Most of the millennials aren’t proud of their mother tongue. The saddest part is seeing the younger generation hail English as the coolest language of all without even paying heed to their mother language.

No, I don’t mean that English isn’t good or we shouldn’t learn it. Somehow we have turned the modes of communication into war. The present-day battle is always about which language is better while forgetting the fact that many languages can co-exist in perfect harmony.

 

 

Being from a Bengali speaking community, it is heart-wrenching to see the present generation shun this wonderful language as something lowly. And, the blame cannot be put in the millennials alone! The previous generation ignited the feeling that English is not just a medium of communication but a symbol of status. This feeling, however, has its own social impact too! No wonder there are English speaking Indians who judges everyone on basis of how good or poorly they communicate in the language.

What we need to remember is International Mother Language Day is not only about language. It’s also about the culture and heritage associated with it. Keeping everything aside, this is the sole reason that should inspire the millennials to take a good look at their mother tongue.

 

 

No, I am not asking people to take a dive in the ocean of ‘cultural pride’ bullshit but recognizing the fact that our identities are connected with our mother tongue. Hence, we should be able to proudly say that English is sexy, but my mother tongue is sexier!

 

 

Naturally, International Mother Language Day is trending on Twitter and the netizens cannot help but shower comments. Here are some:

 

 

 

 

 

 


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How do you think we should celebrate International Mother Language Day to spread awareness? What does your mother tongue mean to you? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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