We are moving with the spirit of communal harmony: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said religion is an affair of individuals, but festivals are for all and it is the best achievement of Bangladesh as all people, irrespective of their religion, caste and creed, are celebrating the festivals together.
The government has been able to create a conducive atmosphere for all to celebrate religious festivals with due dignity and freedom, she said while addressing a function during her visit to the Durga Puja Mandap at Ramkrishna Mission in Dhakaon Monday afternoon, report BSS, UNB, bdnews.
The premier extended her greetings to members of the Hindu community at home and abroad on the occasion of their largest religious festival Saradiya Durgoutsab.
Sheikh Hasina said the people of different faiths are living together in this country with the spirit of the Liberation War as they, irrespective of their caste, creed and religion, fought shoulder to shoulder to liberate the country at the call of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The conducive environment is created only when Awami League comes to power, she continued.
The premier said that she wanted a country free from militancy, narcotics and corruption which are destroying the families, society and the country as well, adding, “We want continuation of the ongoing peace and progress of the country.”
Sheikh Hasina said she herself and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the Vivekananda Bhaban hostel in Dhaka on October 5 during her four-day official visit to New Delhi, which facilitates the sanatani Hindu students to study.
In this context, Bangladesh has good relations with neighbouring countries following Bangabandhu’s foreign policy, “Friendship to all, malice to none.”
Local lawmaker Kazi Firoz Rashid, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary and Head of Ramkrishna Math and Ramkrishna Mission Swami Purnatmananda spoke on the occasion.
While visiting the Dhakeshwari National Temple in the old city later, Sheikh Hasina said, “People were tortured after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. They almost lost the freedom of performing their religious rites.”
Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon, local lawmaker Hazi Mohammad Selim, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad President Milon Kanti Datta and General Secretary Nirmol Kumar Chattarjee spoke on the occasion. Dhaka Mahanagar Puja Udjapan Committee President Shailendra Nath Majumder presided over the function.