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Mother Language Conservation Movement will play a greater role in conveying the importance of each language to the people: JD

Australian Bangla speaking Community Source: MLC Movement International

February 21 was declared the International Mother Language Day by the UNESCO General Assembly in 1999 and has been celebrated around the world since 2000. In that context, the Mother Language Conservation Movement International was formed to highlight the dignity, practice and significance of the mother tongue in all communities around the world.

Bengalis around the world observe 21st February to commemorate the sacrifices made by the martyrs of the language movement in East Pakistan in 1952.

This day was declared as International Mother Language Day by the UNESCO General Assembly in 1999 and has been observed around the world since 2000.

In that context, the Mother Language Conservation Movement was formed to highlight the dignity, practice and significance of the mother tongue in all communities of the world.

In a conversation with SBS Bangla, Dr Jishu Das Gupta, who is known in the community as JD, Queensland lead of the movement gives his insight on why the practice and need of mother language is important.

JD is also a White Ribbon Ambassador, General Secretary of Rohingya and Refugee Support Group, Australia, and an executive member of the Queensland Multicultural Council.

Dr Jishu Das Gupta (JD), Queensland Lead, Mother Language Conservation Movement International Inc.
Dr Jishu Das Gupta (JD), Queensland Lead, Mother Language Conservation Movement International Inc.
Dr Jishu Das Gupta (JD)

Highlights

  • The journey of the Mother Language Conservation Movement (MLCM) began with Mr Nirmal Pal, a veteran Bengali educator from Sydney.
  • Efforts continue to reach the MLCM's activities at the policy-making level in Australia as Bangla speakers receiving official information in Bangla along with many other languages.
  • Activists involved in the movement hope the MLCM will play a role in defending many of Australia's lost Indigenous languages.


Nirmal Paul is the Founder of MLC Movement International
Nirmal Paul is the Founder of MLC Movement International
MLC Movement International

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