Ahead of the International Mother Language Day, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) has published a textbook of the Bengali language –“Bangladesh: History and Politics”. Bengali has already been taught at MGIMO for several decades. The new textbook is meant for advanced learners.
Written by Dr. Irina Prokofieva and Ms. Yulia Kalinina, two specialists in the Bengali language, the textbook “Bangladesh: History and Politics” is aimed at gaining and developing specific knowledge of the Bengali language, with focus on the domestic and foreign policy of Bangladesh. Its ultimate goal is to help students to attain skills of translating political texts of any difficulty from and to Bengali. The book contains exclusively original materials, including the historical speeches by the Father of the Bangladeshi nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and other renowned personalities. These documents let the students adjust to the linguistic features of native speakers.
Irina Prokofieva is a prominent Russian linguist and expert in culture and literature of the South Asian countries, of Bangladesh, in particular. She used to work as an interpreter in the governmental bodies since the early 1970s and devoted her life to teaching the Bengali language. Earlier, Irina Prokofieva published two Bengali course books for intermediate students.
Being a former student of Dr. Prokofieva, Yulia Kalinina has also contributed to the creation of this book. After her graduation, she worked in the Russian Embassy in Dhaka for several years and then taught Bengali at MGIMO.
The publication of “Bangladesh: History and Politics” by one of the top universities in Russia indicates rising interest towards Bangladesh and the Bengali language in Russia amid the strengthening ties between Russia and Bangladesh.