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PM wants Nazrul’s dream of secular society into practice

Update : 26 May 2013, 05:51 AM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed the need for building a non-communal, modern and democratic Bangladesh ensuring equal rights of all to materialise the dream of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

“The dream of Nazrul will come true if we can build a secular, democratic and exploitation-free Bangladesh by ensuring equal rights of all," she said at a function, marking the celebration of 114th birth anniversary of rebel poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city Saturday.

The Prime Minister offered government support for more research on the works of Nazrul and translation of his literary works to make those familiar to the world community.

Emphasizing on introducing the new generation with the creative works of Nazrul, she said that her government wants to make sure of passing on his creative works from generation to generation. “We want to make him familiar with the posterity by focusing on his two main creations - literature and songs.”

Paying glowing tributes to Nazrul, Hasina said the poems and songs of the poet was a driving source of renaissance. “Nazrul’s writings epitomised that aspiration of the Bengali people.”

The desire for freedom and dreams of the Bengali people were projected in the literary works of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. “Nazul is a symbol of humanism.”

Hasina said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had settled the poet in Dhaka conferring him with the honour of the National Poet.

She expressed her hope that the dream of building a happy, prosperous and exploitation free Bangladesh as dreamt by the national poet would materialise soon.

Chaired by Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad, the function was also addressed, among others, by Cultural Affairs secretary Ranjit Kumar Biswas and member of poet Nazrul's family Khilkhil Kazi.

Eminent Nazrul expert and chairman of the Trustee Board of Nazrul Institute Dr Rafiqul Islam gave a commemorative speech on national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Later, the Prime Minister witnessed a colourful cultural function. 

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