DHAKA, Feb 14, 2017(BSS)-Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, said today that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami made a clear political statement by their absence from important national days like 21st February, Bengali New Year, 25th and 26th March and Victory Day.
"They want the map of Bangladesh devoid of its history," the minister said.
Inu was speaking at a book launching ceremony at the VIP Lounge of the Jatiya Press Club. The book-a compilation of news published in daily newspapers from 1947 to 1956 was compiled by M R Mahboob.
The minister further said that there were four contemporary challenges to the Bengali language. The challenges were: wrong pronunciation, Anglicized pronunciation, hybrid culture and communalization of the language. "This had to stop and only then would the Bengali language flourish, "he said.
He also said that already Bengali was the seventh largest language in the world and therefore there is a growing demand to make it one of the official language of the United Nations (UN).
He called upon the intellectuals of the country to use the Bengali language and added "Only then would the language be enriched".
The minister also called upon the Bengalis to increase the content in their mother tongue and mentioned that an international organization like Google was already using it.
Chaired by Ahmed Rafiq, the meeting was also addressed by prime minister's media advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury and Engineer Mohammad Abu Taher as special guests.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)