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Unesco republishes International Mother Language Day video after including Bangla

  • Published at 09:50 am February 22nd, 2017
  • Last updated at 05:13 pm February 22nd, 2017

Unesco has republished a video, commemorating the International Mother Language Day, hours after pulling it down for not including a Bangla segment in it. The clip, uploaded around Tuesday midnight (BdST) on its official YouTube handle, now features Bangla language at the beginning. Bangalis laid down their lives in 1952 to protect the right to speak in their mother tongue. The International Mother Language Day is the global recognition of the sacrifice and the historic Language Movement. Unesco first published the video on Monday, featuring people of various nationalities saying what their mother tongues are but excluded Bangla, the sixth most spoken language in the world. The two-minute clip titled “What’s your mother language?” was uploaded from Unesco’s official YouTube handle with the description: “To celebrate the International #MotherLanguageDay, we’re asking people from around the world to tell us what their mother tongue is. So, what’s your mother language?” It was removed on Tuesday afternoon soon after the Dhaka Tribune reported the "omission."
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George C Papagiannis, chief of Unesco Media Services, clarified that the video was pulled down as soon as they “figured out the absence of Bangla” language. He said it would be republished after “appropriate amendments.” Bangladesh has been marking February 21 as the Language Martyrs’ Day since 1952. In 1999, Unesco decided to observe the International Mother Language Day on February 21 every year. Unesco says the day’s objective is to “promote linguistic diversity and multilingual education, and to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.” This year's theme is “Towards sustainable futures through multilingual education.”
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