International Mother Language Day 2021
February 21 is celebrated worldwide to affect linguistic diversity worldwide.
The Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu interacting with the trainees of Swarna Bharat Trust on the occasion of International Mother Language Day today. #MotherLanguageDay pic.twitter.com/rBgMH4sI8V
— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) February 21, 2021
It was presented in 1999 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on mother tongue and issues facing people in Bangladesh. (Then Pakistan) at the United Nations General Assembly, and since the year 2000, this day is celebrated worldwide as International Mother Language Day. The idea of celebrating this day was started by Bangladesh.
Address by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu:
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu wrote a letter to all members of the Upper House on Sunday urging them to promote and preserve Indian languages. He said that regional languages are being abbreviated.
My greetings on International Mother Language Day. Linguistic diversity has always been one of the fundamental pillars of our civilization. More than a means of communication, our mother tongues connect us with our heritage and define our socio-cultural identity, ”the Vice President wrote in a tweet.
Writing to each member in his own language, Mr. Naidu said that India was home to 19,500 languages and dialects, 200 of which faced the threat of immediate extinction.
“We should encourage the use of mother tongue in all areas from primary education to governance. Venkaiah Naidu said that we should encourage creative expression of our thoughts and ideas in our languages.
According to the United Nations, about 43 percent of the 6,000 languages spoken in the world are at risk of being eliminated. The UN also states that a language disappears every two weeks, destroying an entire cultural and intellectual heritage.
The UNESCO General Conference declared International Mother Language Day in 1999 and was welcomed by the United Nations General Assembly in its 2002 resolution.
In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly called on its member states to “promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by the people of the world.” The United Nations General Assembly officially recognized the day in 2008.