The History Behind International Mother Language Day
So the theme of International Mother Language Day by UNESCO in this year is “Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education”. The UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has made a speech,
The background history of International Mother Language Day is about 64 years ago. On 21st February in 1952, the number of student of Dhaka University, Jagannath University (formerly Jagannath College) and Dhaka Medical College of Bangladesh were killed by the Pakistani Police and Army. At this period Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) was not independent country as present. The rulers of Pakistan (formerly West Pakistan) wanted to ban ‘Bengali’ for the people of Bangladesh. They also tried to convince on the condition that people of Bangladesh could use ‘Bengali’ but written in Urdu letters. So the student of Bangladesh had protested by procession on the road of Dhaka and Pakistani Police and Army fired among them. On the spot many of them injured and died.
Know detail about this day in Wikipedia.
See the event organized by UNESCO from here .
Official website of IMLD.