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Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee greets people on Mother Language Day

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and several other leaders and organisations also posted messages on Twitter and Facebook to wish people on the occasion.

SNS | New Delhi |

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banrejee on Thursday extended wishes on the occasion of International Mother Language Day. United Nations had declared February 21 as the  International Mother Language Day in 2000 recognising the supreme sacrifice made by the ‘language martyrs’ of erstwhile East Pakistan for the cause of getting recognition for Bangla as their official language way back in 1952.

February 21 is observed as Bhasha Dibas or ‘language day’ in West Bengal, Shahid Dibas in Bangladesh.

“Best wishes to all on International Mother Language Day. Respect all languages but take pride in your mother tongue,” Mamata Banerjee tweeted on Thursday.

She also paid floral tributes to the martyrs.

Several events have been planned across West Bengal to mark the day.

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Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and several other leaders also posted messages on Twitter and Facebook to wish people on the occasion.

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History of Bhasha Divas 

The Language Movement or Bhasha Andolon was a political movement in erstwhile East Bengal, which fought for recognition of Bangla as an official language of East Pakistan. After Independence in 1947, the Government of the Dominion of Pakistan has in 1948 ordained Urdu as the only national language, which led to widespread protests among the Bengali-speaking majority of East Pakistan. Facing mass discontent with the new law and rising protests, the Bangladesh government had outlawed public meetings and rallies, imposing Section 144. The students of the University of Dhaka and other political activists defied the law and organised a protest on 21 February 1952, when police killed at least four student demonstrators. The killings provoked civil unrest, and things never got back to normal. After years of conflict, Pakistan relented and granted official status to Bangla in 1956. The Bengali nationalism born of the movement eventually led to freedom from Pakistan and creation of Bangladesh.