Please do not get angry with us. Chauvinism or what we have turned ourselves void of education or learning. The standard of education is now much lower than it was before 1971.Well, I gave you my experience.
There isn't a prospect for any other language in Bangladesh except the Bangladeshi version of Bengali with its dialect accent and vocabulary known as Musholmani Bangla. Not even the chaste West Bengali language with its , clear soft accent, a composite mix of Hindustani and Urdu words is acceptable.
No country in the world has such linguistic chauvinism. Even the Flemish and the Walloons of Belgium pale in comparison.
Talking on the phone in a public place in Urdu provokes a hostile reaction.
A waiter, at the Shonargaon hotel coffee shop, addressed me as he picked up my breakfast tray.
" Bhai, Urdu kotha keno bolchen? Elkhane amra shob Bangabhashi"
(Trans : Brother, why are you speaking in Urdu? Here we are all Bengali speakers ).
It's not only Urdu, but English is frowned upon as well, At an industrial exhibition of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce I was particularly interested in a compact dry ice manufacturing unit, developed by Bangladesh Oxygen Limited which produced solid Carbon Dioxide, so vital for storing seafood catch on fishing boats.
Our small boat Pakistani sea fisherman would benefit from this technology.
I started talking to the Sales Engineer at the BOL stall in the exhibition, hoping for more information. After a few sentences in English he looked at me and said "Can't you talk in Bangla? " .
I apologized and told him my Bengali was inadequate for a technical discussion. He then got on the phone calling for a colleague to help.
What he roughly said was:
"There is this dumb f.....k Pakistani here who can't speak Bangla. Your English is better. Come over and help with information for this piece of "sh...t "
I walked on...
And the anti-Urdu feeling has been created and nurtured by BAL people. It is not against only Urdu, but also anything not Bengali. We used to know English, but it is not a discredit that now we tend to forget it gradually.
Our brats want the Englishmen and all other foreigners to study hard to speak our great language, Bengali.