“Ora amar mukher bhasha kaira nite chae,
Ora kothae kothae shekol porae amar hatey pae.”
The Bengali language has evolved for over a millennium and arguably, more so in the last 62 years. While the threat to our mother tongue was always there, Bangla faces new sets of challenges in the new millennium.
There is the cultural imperialism in form of rampant exposure of our children to Hindi; a shift of social elites, accepting English as their preferred mode of communication; mispronunciation of words on a colossal level by radio jockeys and the use of English alphabets to express our thoughts in text messages.
However, the situation is not without a beacon of hope. A significant section of the youth population is more aware of their cultural identity and many consider Bengali a part of their political individuality.
This week Star Lifestyle zeroes in on the language that we have picked up in our cradles. We trace the evolution of the Bengali alphabet, its past, its present and a future.