Our language and literature (under the Sylheti Nagri script) has existed for thousands of years, yet we have always been forced to speak another language.
Sylhet was originally part of India where Hindi was the national language. After the Sylhet referendum of 1947, our forefathers voted to leave the state of Assam which was part of India and join Pakistan (East). In doing so, Urdu was forced upon us and everyone else within the region. This led to the 1971 war of independence and Bangladesh was born as a result of this. Shuddo Bangla was chosen as the national language of the new country. Since then, the BD government have indoctrinated the Sylheti people into believing that our language is just a dialect of theirs.
Our aim is to reclaim and preserve our language and culture as an independent entity within the country of Bangladesh.