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How could ‘Bangla’ be an official language of the UN?

Written By: NazirAhmed
21/02/2014 15:48
Arts and Literature

Six languages are currently official languages of the United Nations (UN). These are: English French, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and Spanish. Proposal has been made to include ‘Bangla’ as one of the official languages of the UN. Besides Bangla, Esparento, Hindi, Portuguese and Turkish have also been proposed. Bangla is one of the most spoken languages in the World, ranking 7th.

Bengali is the only nation on earth who sacrificed lives for their language to be recognised. 21 February, when Bengali sacrificed the lives more than 60 years ago, is observed by the UNESCO as ‘International Mother Language/Tongue Day.’ There have been some campaigns, albeit very limited scale, for recognising Bangla as one of the UN official languages.

Despite all these, the UN has not recognised yet. Mere wish, desire or limited campaigns would not bring any fruitful result. In order for Bangla to be recognised by the UN, the nation/country and its value and importance would have to be uplifted. Our images would have to be positive throughout the world. Presence of a proper democracy in the country, records of upholding human rights and rule of law, known outside the country as a civilised and desirable nation/country, least dependence on foreign aid, excellent cordial relationship with major/powerful countries/nations, competent diplomacy are all relevant factors in order for pushing a demand to be recognised by the highest international body like the UN.

If anyone compares and assesses our country with the barometer of the above components, he can easily ascertain where our country is. Empty rhetoric, emotional outcry and support less demand are one thing, and marching ahead with a solid demand backed by sustainable/appreciable records and tangible/concrete evidence are completely another thing. The latter is the most important thing needed for our country.

The soon our superior authorities realise this, the better for our country.

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    Nazir Ahmed is a UK qualified solicitor with many years of experience of advising and training the public sector on all aspects of immigration and nationality Law, civil litigation, constitutional law welfare rights law and environmental health and safety law.
    He is a director of Policyy Review Centre(PRC), London and a consultant with Lincolns Chambers Solicitors. He has conducted training sessions for many national organisations as well as local authorities. His notable clients include various government departments. 
    Apart from his legal profession he is a prolific writer, authored few books and analyst on socio political issues.
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