#DesiBoost: International Mother Language Day

Welcome to our latest #DesiBoost roundup of previously-featured writers and works in translation from many South Asian languages.

If you’re in the US, check out Desi Books in English Translation at Bookshop.org. We also regularly feature books in English translation in our monthly #DesiBooksReco roundups.

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More from Wikipedia: International Mother Language Day is a worldwide annual observance held on 21 February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote multilingualism. First announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999, it was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002. Mother Language Day is part of a broader initiative “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world” as adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007. The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh, where 21 February is the day when the people of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) fought for recognition for the Bangla language. It is also celebrated in West Bengal, India.

NOTE: If you don’t see a South Asian language below, it simply means we haven’t featured it yet but we intend to do so shortly.


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  • Asomiya
  • Bangla
  • French
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Nepali
  • Rajasthani
  • Sanskrit
  • Tamil
  • Telugu

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