"আমার ভাইয়ের রক্তে রাঙানো একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারি
আমি কি ভুলতে পারি?"
(My Brother's blood Spattered 21st February, how can I forget that?)
The kernel concept behind International Mother tongue Day lies in Abdul Gaffar Choudhury's these lines.
It is an International annual observance to held on 21st February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote multilingualism.
UNESCO 1st announced International Mother-tongue Day on 17th November 1999. But it was rescheduled for 21st February as a tribute to the Language movement done by Bangladeshis.
In 1952, the People of Bangladesh, mainly the students of Dhaka University fought for recognition for the Bangla language as their National language. Rafiqul Islam, Abdus Salam, Barkat Ali, Jabbar was brutally killed and thousands of people were injured in that movement.
On this day, Bangladeshis visit the Shaheed Minar a monument built-in memory of that great martyr to express sorrow, gratitude and respect to them. The Linguapox Prize is given in Barcelona to recognize outstanding achievement in the preservation of linguistic diversity and promotion of multilingualism.
(People gather to express their gratitude to language Martyrs in Shaheed Minar Replica abroad)
Ekushey Heritage Award and Ekushey Youth Award also given in Bangladesh to encourage and celebrate linguistic achievements in the mother tongue.
Now, In India, the relevance of this day increasing rapidly, as Indians are showing a growing fascination with English and Other Foreign Languages.54 Indian origin language has only one speaker left and with their death, those languages will vanish forever.