Dhaka, Feb 21: A massive awareness should be created to avoid distortion of the mother tongue for further enriching Bangla, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said on Sunday.
“We want people to know different languages, but in doing so there shouldn’t be any distortion of our language, and everyone should remain aware and cautious in this regard. Massive awareness should be created among people,” the Prime Minister said while inaugurating a four-day programme marking the International Mother Language Day 2016 and the Martyrs’ Day at the city’s International Mother Language Institute.
Sheikh Hasina also observed, “We need to practice our own culture. Our future generation will not chose wrong path if we can do so.”
She also underscored the need for playing more and more and practicing culture in preventing militants and terrorism.
Education Secretary M Sohrab Hossain delivered the welcome address at the function held with Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid in the chair.
Eminent economist and Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman presented the keynote paper on ‘Ekushey February: Bangali Mononer Batighor’ while UNESCO head to Bangladesh Beatrice Kaldun and Director General of International Mother Language Institute Professor Zinat Imtiaz Ali also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, a one-minute silence was observed in memory of those who had sacrificed their lives for the sake of the mother tongue.