Led by Prime Minister, many political leaders extended greeting on International Mother Language Day, being celebrated worldwide on February 21 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity.
The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh. It was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and has been observed throughout the world since 2000.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and extended wishes on the occasion.
आज विश्व मातृभाषा दिवस भी है।
मातृभाषा में शिक्षा बच्चों के मानसिक विकास से जुड़ी है।
अऩेक राज्यों में स्थानीय भाषाओं में मेडिकल और टेक्निकल एजुकेशन की पढ़ाई शुरु हो चुकी है: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia)
“Today is also World Mother Language Day. Education in mother tongue is related to the mental development of children. Teaching of medical and technical education in local languages has started in many states,” he said.
According to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), this year’s theme is “Using technology for multilingual learning: Challenges and opportunities”.
“Technology can provide new tools for protecting linguistic diversity. Such tools, for example, facilitating their spread and analysis, allow us to record and preserve languages which sometimes exist only in oral form. Put simply, they make local dialects a shared heritage. However, because the Internet poses a risk of linguistic uniformization, we must also be aware that technological progress will serve plurilingualism only as long as we make the effort to ensure that it does,” Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO said.
Vice Presidentshared a quote by to greet people on International Mother Language Day.
रोजमर्रा के जीवन में अपनी मातृभाषा को अपनाएं, बच्चों के समुचित शैक्षणिक विकास हेतु, उन्हें मातृभाषा में ही शिक्षा दें। हमारी मातृभाषाएं हमारे विचारों-संस्कारों को गढ़ती हैं जो हमें हमारी सांस्कृतिक सामाजिक विरासत से जोड़ते हैं।
— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat)
He further said, “The linguistic diversity that coexists with hundreds of languages is owned by Indians. Language is the key to our creative thinking and expression. We all have a responsibility to preserve, promote and pass on our mother tongue to future generations. I call on parents and teachers to take the initiative in this regard. ”
వందలాది భాషల సహజీవనంతో కూడిన భాషా వైవిధ్యం భారతీయుల సొంతం. మన సృజనాత్మక ఆలోచనలు, భావ వ్యక్తీకరణకు భాషే కీలకం. మాతృభాషల్ని పరిరక్షించడం, ప్రోత్సహించడం, ముందు తరాలకు అందజేయడం మనందరి బాధ్యత. ఈ విషయంలో తల్లిదండ్రులు, ఉపాధ్యాయులు చొరవ తీసుకోవాలని పిలుపునిస్తున్నాను.
— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat)
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart – Nelson Mandela. My heartiest greetings on International Mother Language Day!” he wrote on Twitter.
West Bengal Chief Ministersaid, “Greetings on International Mother Language Day! Salute to all martyrs who valiantly fought for the cause of mother language. Plurality of languages needs celebration in India today. We love all languages, we love our mother language”.
Greetings on International Mother Language Day! Salute to all martyrs who valiantly fought for the cause of mother language. Plurality of languages needs celebration in India today. We love all languages, we love our mother language.
সবাইকে নিয়ে বাঁচার আশা
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial)
Meanwhile, in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated ‘Malayanma,’ International Mother Language Day celebrations organised by the Malayalam Mission. He said that aptitude tests would be made compulsory for government employees who have not studied Malayalam till Class X.
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin paid tribute to “the martyrs who fought to protect their languages and uphold their rights”. “With the passion that comes from their sacrifice, we will all be determined to see an India where all languages are treated equally – without the dominance of a single language,” he added.
அவர்களது தியாகத்தில் இருந்து பெறும் உணர்வெழுச்சி கொண்டு, ஒற்றை மொழியின் ஆதிக்கம் இன்றி – அனைத்து மொழிகளும் சமமாக நடத்தப்படும் அனைவருக்கும் சமமான இந்தியாவைக் காண நாம் அனைவரும் உறுதியேற்போம். (2/2)
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin)
“Mother, homeland and homeland are nothing more than heaven,” said Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai.
ಇಂದು ಅಂತರರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಾತೃಭಾಷಾ ದಿನ. ನಮ್ಮ ಮಾತೃಭಾಷೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಅಭಿಮಾನ,ಹೆಮ್ಮೆ ಬೆಳೆಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಹಾಗೂ ಅದನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಾ, ಭಾಷಾ ಮತ್ತು ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ವೈವಿಧ್ಯತೆಗೆ ಒತ್ತು ನೀಡೋಣ. ತಾಯಿ, ತಾಯ್ನಾಡು ಹಾಗೂ ತಾಯ್ನುಡಿ ಸ್ವರ್ಗಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಮಿಗಿಲಾದುದು.
— Basavaraj S Bommai (@BSBommai)
Odisha CMsaid that mother tongue is one’s identity and that among the Indian classical languages, Odiya has its own uniqueness and dignity.
ଆମ ମାତୃଭାଷା ଆମର ପରିଚୟ। ଭାରତୀୟ ଶାସ୍ତ୍ରୀୟ ଭାଷା ମଧ୍ୟରେ ଆମ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷାର ଗରିମା ଓ ମାଧୁର୍ଯ୍ୟର ସ୍ୱତନ୍ତ୍ରତା ରହିଛି। ଅନ୍ତର୍ଜାତୀୟ ମାତୃଭାଷା ଦିବସରେ ଆମ ଭାଷାକୁ ସମୃଦ୍ଧ କରିବାରେ ବହୁମୂଲ୍ୟ ଅବଦାନ ରଖିଥିବା ମହାପୁରୁଷମାନଙ୍କୁ ସ୍ମରଣ କରି ଆସନ୍ତୁ, ଏ ଦିଗରେ ଆମର ପ୍ରୟାସକୁ ଆହୁରି ଦୃଢ଼ କରିବା।
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha)