Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged everyone to go for correct practice of Bangla language.
She also asked the new generation to be more cautious about spelling and pronunciation of words while practicing Bangla as she said there are allegations of distortion of the language.
“We have to remain careful about the correct practice of the language,” Hasina said while inaugurating a five-day programme orgainzed by International Mother Language Institute marking the International Mother Language Day-2017 in its auditorium in Dhaka on Monday.
“Youths must refrain from the habit of misspelling and mispronunciation of the Bangla language. So, they should be more careful while using, spelling and pronouncing Bangla words,” she said adding that dialects should not be ignored as they also have distinctiveness.
“Bangla language is a scientific one. Any change or expansion of the language should be done according to the linguistic rules,” she added.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid presided over the function while advisor of UNESCO on language issue Anvita Abbi presented the keynote paper on the theme of the day titled “Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education”.
UNESCO representative in Dhaka Beatrice Kaldun, Education Secretary Sohrab Hossain and Director General of Institute Dr Jinat Imtiaz Ali spoke, among others, on the occasion, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
Pointing her initiative for extensive use of Bangla in studies, daily activities and research on science, knowledge and technologies, the Prime Minister said Bangala keypad has been introduced in mobile phone as well as dot.bangla domain for internet browsing.
Bangla speaking people would be able to open web address in Bangla alphabet and use internet in Bangla very soon, she said adding that an app has also been produced from where people can learn nine languages.
“We are not against the learning of foreign languages. If anybody has ability, he/she should learn more languages. However, everybody should learn the mother language first. Knowledge in other languages would be the additional quality of an individual, she said.
Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the language movement and recalled the memories of the language veterans as well as Father of the Nation who had played a major role in organizing the language movement in 1952.
Hasina said Bangla is one of the richest languages of the world and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman addressed the UN General Assembly in this language, giving it new strata in the global arena.
The government is also making its constant endevour to establish Bangla as one of the official languages of the UN, she added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the spirit of Ekushey February is now implanted in every nation and minority group across the world deprived of speaking in their mother language. Global recognition to the Ekushey has entrusted the responsibility on Bangladesh to protect the rights of the global people.