Taki – Epar Bangla, Opar Bangla

Last night, we planned also to visit Taki. It is the Indian border with Bangladesh. It is about 15 kilometers from Basirhat. A beautiful river – Ichhamati separates the two nations. The far side of the river is Satkhira district, Khulna division of Bangladesh.

Ghat of Ichhamati river separating India & Bangladesh

Also, we have our ancestral places in Taki. Taki is the hometown of mother of our father. In the morning, Jaya, Badal, Tota, Soumya, Dadubhai and I went to Taki in our car.

We on the bank of river Icchamati

As Ichhamati river in Taki separates two countries, the boats on this river have to carry as mandatory the national flags of their respective countries. The Indian boats carry the Indian flags and Bangladeshi boats carry their national flags.

A boat carrying Indian flag on Ichhamati river

There are many BSF watch towers to monitor and prevent unwarranted cross border traffic/movements besides protection of our national boundaries.

A watch tower on the bank of the river Ichhamati
Taki-Basirhat is famous for Gamchha – Bengali towel. A local villager is showing his stock of Gamchha to Jaya, while we were having cold drinks.
The far side of the river – Bangladesh as seen from Taki
Cycle-vans carrying passengers & tourists in Taki
A picnic spot near the bank of the river Ichhamati
A bust of Prof. PC Roy at road crossing. We parked our car near this roundabout.
A village road inside Taki
Village women going for dip in a village pond
Miss these greenery, tress, and ponds in our cities
Village boys playing cricket while a vegetable vendor is passing by

As we did not have much time because we have to return today to Kolkata for our visit to Gangtok tomorrow, we just went to the Ichhamati river bordering the countries. We had some cold drinks and returned via our ancestral house at Taki. We did not go inside the house for paucity of time. May be, we will visit there during our next visit to Taki.

International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day is being observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999 (30C/62) to celebrate every February 21 as International Mother Language Day in recognition of the sacrifices of the Bangla language martyrs, who dedicated their lives for establishing the rightful place of  Bangla.

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 the then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. The Pakistan government was mandating Urdu language as the state language in both East and West Pakistan. I salute those brave martyrs.

Bangla is the official language of Bangladesh and also, it is one of the official languages in India. It is the second-highest spoken native language in India, after Hindi. The national anthems of both India and Bangladesh were written by the Bangla Nobel laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore. I am proud that Bangla is my mother language.

United Nations have stated that the languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.

শুভ ভাষা দিবস! Happy International Mother Language Day!