Express and Explore Yourself

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mother Tongue Is A Fundamental Right

By Protik Bardhan
Language provides the opportunity to express oneself, in other words; language represents a state of development of a particular nation. Since time immemorial, only those sects of people are still in existence that had been able to develop their own language. Rabindranath Thakur said, language is the space through which our thoughts tread on. So, this is very important to have language of our own to ensure development of intellectual /creative faculty. This is quintessential to the development of a complete human being.
Language is the abode of culture; that is the entire scenario of a nation can be sensed in its language. The essence of our Bengali culture can be perceived from the language we have developed over the years, which is applicable for all the nations of the world. Many tribes of the world have gone into oblivion only because of the fact that they have not been able to develop their language. Or, their language has been annihilated by the colonial rulers. Some tribes in our hill tracts area are on the verge of extinction because of this fact.
Weakening a language is a very potent means to subjugate a nation. Colonial rulers did so over the years. Especially, the French colonialists vanquished the languages of many African nations and their religion too. According to African writer and cultural theorist Ngugi wa Thiong’o “…the biggest weapon wielded and actually daily unleashed by imperialism against that collective defiance is the cultural bomb. The effect of a cultural bomb is to annihilate a people’s belief in their names, in their languages, in their environment, in their heritage of struggle, in their unity, in their capacities and ultimately in themselves”.
Pakistani rulers sought to undermine our rich language and heritage just after 1947. They declared Urdu as the only state language of Pakistan. All the works of state were conducted either in Urdu/English. Even, they tried to impose Urdu/ Arabic alphabets on our language in stead of our alphabets in a bid to add Islamic aura to our language. It was a deadly onslaught on our language. If the Pakistani rulers were successful in their bid, we would not have an independent nation. The entire memory of the nation would nave been lost had our language been vanished. That is the reason why; our forefathers revolted against the Pak rulers and overthrew them finally.
Notwithstanding, we also fought for Pakistan. Muslim League, which was instrumental to the birth of Pakistan, was formed in the erstwhile Bengal in 1906. Maulana Vashani, Abul Hashim, Fazlul Haque they all fought for the cause of Pakistan in their life. The entire populace of the East Bengal celebrated the birth of Pakistan on August 14, 1947. But, one-sided dominion of West Pakistan coupled with cultural aggression enforced the Bengalese to fight for their land.
William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright of the world ever depicted the process of colonial exploitation in his famous drama The Tempest. In the play, Prospero the exiled Duke of Milan came to an Island and cast spell on the sole inhabitant of the island named Caliban through his magic, which actually represents knowledge/ power. Prospero occupied Caliban’s land, made him work for him; speak his language, while beat him mercilessly at his will. At a point, Caliban forgets his language but retains the spirit to revolt, as he says: ........
We take pride in the fact we are the only nation in the world who sacrificed their blood exclusively for the right of our mother tongue. Also, 21 February is observed as the international mother language day throughout the world since 1999. It has added further aura to the day.
Now, this is our bounden duty to help the tribes living in the Chittagong hill tracts area to speak and preserve their own language. Only three tribes of the area have their written form of language. We now have an international mother language research institute; it should conduct adequate researches to help the tribes develop their alphabets and written form of their languages. Novelist & critique Akhtaruzzaman Ilias once emphasized the importance of Chakma novels. He said that a language, that is its prose attains fulfillment through the form of novel in its literature. Given the state of the language, this is high time for Chakma language to have its novel.
The spirit of our language movement also says so as the ‘Rashtravasha Sangram Parishad’ in its resolution included among other things, the right to speak mother tongue on the part of every nation. That is the reason why; our language movement got the support of the other ethnicities of Pakistan, even it encouraged them to be conscious of their own language too. Our language movement finally led to the war of independence by virtue of its intrinsic values. It was a war of our identity and right to self government, not mere autonomy. As a result, we became independent after a long time. In fact, after the Sen Dynasty we got our own ruler through this war of independence. Thus, a language can be a highly effective means of igniting political uprising against colonial rulers.
Language is culture, while culture is the sum total of the activities that we do in our day to day lives. Political, economic, social, personal and so on. []
Protik Bardhan is an activist in Bangladesh. Recently, he translated Noam Chomsky's collection of interviews titled Imperial Ambitions, which is published by Samhati Prakashani. He can be reached and 01611962495.


  1. Thus, the iPod was owed to an enterprise. Other fascinating
    games took time to time download mortal kombat 9 the new standard
    for mobile games for users of all gamers. Even with easy to choose from,
    and casino are the source of entertainment and make them update with current and future performance of their brethren and will follow suit.

    Also visit my blog post: Mortal kombat pc download free full game

  2. You are so cool! I do not suppose I've truly read something like this before.
    So good to discover someone with a few unique thoughts on this subject.
    Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This
    web site is something that's needed on the web, someone with a little originality!

    Also visit my webpage ... internet providers grand ridge fl

  3. Mobile manufacturing top eleven hack iphone companies have also improved for iOS and Android, allowing users
    to spend approximately USD 2. Whether we are good top eleven hack iphone source to kill
    the time during your bold play.

    Have a look at my web site ... Top eleven cheats - -

  4. Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that
    it is truly informative. I am going to watch out for brussels.
    I'll appreciate if you continue this in future. A lot of people
    will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

    Also visit my web blog: porn

  5. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up!
    I'll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back in the future.
    All the best

    Also visit my web blog: Diet Plans for Women to Lose Weight

  6. The game designers at Atomic Games meant to bypass DSi's detection system.
    In this dimension you can play simultaneously with local players and you may not find
    you 7 days to die download in the United States.
    If you're merely looking for a bit much, along came the GBA or Game Boy
    Advance 7 days to die download console. They generally
    involve making your kids can participate in other formats,
    there are a range of prices and even finding proper roads
    in your library.

    My homepage :: 7 days to die pc walkthrough

  7. I'm impressed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter a blog
    that's equally educative and entertaining, and let me
    tell you, you've hit the nail on the head.
    The issue is something too few men and women are speaking intelligently about.
    I'm very happy I came across this during my hunt for something concerning

    Here is my page ... wireless internet alva wy

  8. This article is genuinely a good one it helps new internet viewers, who are wishing in favor of blogging.

    Also visit my blog: Where Can I Buy Quest Nutrition Bars

  9. I know this web site offers quality based articles or
    reviews and other stuff, is there any other web page which presents
    such stuff in quality?

    Also visit my web page :: largest private jet charter

  10. Unquestionably believe that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the web the simplest thing to be
    aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while people consider worries that they
    plainly don't know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the
    top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a signal.
    Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

    Also visit my web blog classic car shipping