Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bangladesh bans 'Banglish' to protect local tongue

DHAKA (AFP) - A Bangladesh court has outlawed the use of English slang known as 'Banglish' on television and radio stations, a move welcomed by experts on Friday who worry about a foreign invasion of their language.
The High Court issued the order on Thursday in an effort to protect Bengali and its 1,000-year history, a state prosecutor said, adding that the court felt that the move was necessary 'to uphold the sanctity of our mother tongue'.
The history of Bengali, which originated some 1,000 years ago and is spoken by at least 250 million people on the subcontinent, is wrapped up with the creation of Bangladesh as a country in 1972.

The country was previously part of British India and then part of Pakistan.

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