Today is International Mother Tongue day.
To mark the day, I thought I’d revisit an article I wrote in 2004 about the Punjabi word, Kapkhana, and its cultural associations. You can read the article here.
The United Nations announced the day in 2003 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism, says http://www.UN.org. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.
Are you fluent in your mother tongue? If not, do you see it as “a hole” in your identity that you want to address?