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Dhaka Tribune

Walking the fine line between tradition and justice

It is equally important to ensure that our legal framework is forward-looking and relevant to the 21st century

Update : 22 Feb 2024, 09:08 AM

There is no questioning the fact that Bangladesh must find proper methods to inspire the younger generation to use the mother tongue. Bangladesh’s development cannot be stopped, but crucially, this development cannot come through the erosion of Bangali values and traditions that have been paramount to our identity as a nation.

Thus, at first glance, we agree with legal experts and academics who call for efforts to translate laws into Bangla as a way of paying respect to the 1952 language martyrs and making the judicial process easier for litigants. 

Our legal framework should reflect the values and aspirations of the people, and the translation of laws into Bangla, the language that embodies our national identity, is a positive step and ensures that every citizen can understand and access their rights and obligations.

However, while translating laws is essential, it is equally important to ensure that our legal framework is forward-looking and relevant to the 21st century. The recent translation of the 150-year-old “Evidence Act of 1872” into Bangla highlights the need for Bangladesh to reform its legal system. A nation cannot progress if it clings to outdated laws that no longer serve the interests of its people.

Bangladesh must strive to formulate new laws that are in line with the needs and aspirations of its citizens. These laws should be progressive, inclusive, and reflective of the values of a modern society. 

Thus, while translating laws into Bangla is a crucial step towards preserving our national heritage and ensuring a future where the Bangla language thrives, it is equally important for Bangladesh to formulate new laws that are consistent with the 21st century. Only then can we truly build a nation that is prosperous, inclusive, and ensures justice for all its citizens.
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