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International Mother Language Day observed in Tripura

  • Published at 06:55 pm February 21st, 2017
  • Last updated at 07:50 pm February 21st, 2017
International Mother Language Day observed in Tripura
A rally was staged from Umakanta Academy to Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan, with many schoolchildren participating to commemorate International Mother Language Day. Subsequently, floral tributes were paid to the martyrs of February 21 at Rabindra Bhavan. At the Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh office located at Kunjaban, Agartala, Deputy High Commissioner Mohammad Shakhawat Hossain hoisted the National flag of Bangladesh half-mast. Cultural programmes were held at Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan as well, with pomp and gaiety. The occasion was graced by a number of Tripura officials, including Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty, Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Bhanu Lal Saha, and Vice-Chancellor of Tripura Central University Gautam Kumar Bose, among others. Deputy High Commissioner Mohammad Shakhawat Hossain was also in attendance. Vendors from both India and Bangladesh celebrated International Mother Language Day at the Kamalasagar and Belonia border haats. Tripura shares a deep connection with Bangladesh’s International Mother Language Day, owing to a vast majority of Bengali inhabitants. Furthermore, there is another link between Tripura and Bangladesh through one Khorsheda Begum. Khorsheda is the elder sister of the late Rafiqul Islam, who was instrumental in acquiring status for February 21 as International Mother Language Day through the United Nations. Khorsheda is a resident of Tripura since her marriage to a deceased senior forest ranger, Ali Azzam, who was once stationed at Sonamura.