Commemorating the International Mother Language Day: Resisting "Banglish"
21 February marks the International Mother Language Day (IMLD). The day was first recognised as an international day for celebration in November 1999 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Since February 2000, International Mother Language Day is being observed globally to recognise and promote cultural and linguistic diversity. In 2007, the UN General Assembly called upon its member states “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world.” This resolution was followed by a proclamation designating the year 2008 as the ‘International Year of Languages,’ aimed at promoting unity in diversity and international understanding through multilingualism and multiculturalism. UNESCO celebrates the day - 21 February - in commemoration of the language martyrs of the ‘Bangla language movement.’