In spite of lofty promises made over the years to protect them, the sad truth is that the indigenous languages and cultures of Bangladesh are still endangered.
The Education Ministry’s plan to introduce textbooks for indigenous children in their mother tongues was an admirable one, but implementation is still a far cry -- most children are still taught in Bangla.
We are a nation proud of our linguistic heritage, but our efforts cannot be limited to Bangla.
Some 45 minority ethnic groups exist in Bangladesh, and they speak over 26 different languages -- languages that now face the very real possibility of extinction.
To truly protect our heritage, we need to get serious about saving all the languages we speak.