Role of Multilingualism in developing spirit of tolerance and harmony


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  • Dr Mukhlesur Rahman Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Arabic, Hiralal Bhakat College, Nalhati, Birbhum, WB, India


marginalization, pluralism, tolerance, mutual understanding, linguistics, ethnic, religious, ideological


In the interconnected and globalized world, multilingualism has a great role to play in creating a peaceful global society based on mutual understanding, solidarity, tolerance, affection and compassion. We know that the world has witnessed two World Wars, and continues to witness international conflicts, regional disputes, local unrests and sectarian clashes. Have we contemplated why all these happen, here and there, now and then? If we ponder upon, we will find that most of these conflicts and disputes occur due to linguistic, ethnic, religious, ideological or economic differences. And the reason behind it is that everyone refuses to recognize the other, his language, race, religion, and ideology. On the other hand everyone – individual or community or state - wants to achieve his own goals and objectives at the expense of the other. This is where clashes and disputes emanate from. This is what called 'unilateral theory' where one party does not recognize or respect the other leading to the marginalization of the weaker by the stronger, which further leads to sowing the seeds of hatred and hostility, clash and conflict. So, to my belief, the recognition of pluralism - linguistic, cultural, religious, ethnic and ideological - can prove to be the only solution to many conflicts and disputes. Hence, this paper will focus on why we should encourage and promote multilingualism and how it develops the spirit of tolerance and understanding in the multilingual personalities.


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Rahman, D. M. (2022). Role of Multilingualism in developing spirit of tolerance and harmony. Sprin Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 1(10), 01–08.