On Sunday, February 21, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee adjured all the citizens of the poll-bound state to begin a conversation with ‘Joy Bangla’ instead of saying a ‘hello’ while answering a phone call. She was at an event that was held for International Mother Language Day. While addressing at the event, she targeted the leaders at the Center and challenged them by saying that the ones who have been trying to threaten Bengal and the ones who are threatening to break the spine of Bengal must know that suppressing the spirit of the Bengalis is not an easy task.
According to sources, the 62-year-old leader said, “There are some leaders in the national capital, Delhi, who said they knew how to break the spine of Bengal. It is not easy to gouge out our eyes & break our spine... I request all of you to say, 'Joy Bangla' whenever you answer a phone call, not hello."
The Trinamool Congress leader also paid respect to all the people who had given away their lives for the Bengali language. She tweeted in the Bengali language on her Twitter handle, “Today is the 21st of February. Language Martyrs’ Day. I pay homage to those who sacrificed their lives for the Bengali language on this historic day.” She further tweeted, “Best wishes to all on the International Mother Language Day. Respect all languages but take pride in your mother tongue.”
The Governor of West Bengal, Jagdeep Dhankhar, also wished people on the occasion. He uploaded a tweet that read, “Linguistic diversity is a foundational pillar of our civilization; connects us with our heritage and defines our socio-cultural identity. Emphasis on a well-evolved New Education Policy on mother tongue is a remarkable milestone."
February 21, every year, is celebrated as International Mother Language Day in order to spread awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and the importance of more than one language.