On February 21, 1952, young students at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh raised their voices to fight for their mother language, Bengali, after the government declared Urdu would be the national language. Police officers shot four students in the protest, causing riots to erupt across the country. The uprising caused the government to reverse its decision and acknowledge Bengali as the national language.
The United Nations' International Mother Language Day annually celebrates language diversity and variety worldwide on February 21. Participants remember the four students killed in 1952 because they campaigned to officially use their mother language, Bengali, in Bangladesh.
Concordia's Bengali Community will highly appreciate your presence and voice.
Flower giving ceremony
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