She received her D. Litt degree from Kazi Nazrul University
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh is being built according to the non-communal spirit of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
She made the statement while addressing a function after receiving Doctor of Literature (D. Litt) degree from Kazi Nazrul University in Asansol, India on Saturday.
Sheikh Hasina said: "Nazrul was motivated by non-communal spirit. So, we are building Bangladesh with this non-communal spirit.
“Non-communal spirit is reflected in our principle and ideology where people, irrespective of their race and religion, will enjoy equal rights."
"So, we hope you will work with the same [non-communal] spirit," she said pointing at fresh graduates at a special convocation ceremony of Kazi Nazrul University (KNU).
The KNU authorities conferred the honorary D. Litt degree upon Sheikh Hasina in recognition of her outstanding contributions towards building exploitation and disparity-free society, which is the ideal of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
The prime minister said non-communalism and humanity were reflected in verses and works of Kazi Narul Islam, known as Rebel Poet.
"I would like to request you to put humanity above everything in every sphere of life, not only in workplaces," she told the fresh graduates.
Regarding two great poets -Nazrul and Rabindranath, she said they belong to the two both Bangladesh and West Bengal.
Sheikh Hasina said Nazrul's spirit will remain for ages as source of inspiration for people to work for the welfare of the human being.
Talking about this region, Hasina said: “We want to make this subcontinent a developed and prosperous one, freeing it from poverty and hunger."
"We have already solved many problems. But we will have to think for the welfare of people, rather than the problems," she added.
About Rohingya, the prime minister said Bangladesh has provided shelter to 1.1 million Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds. "We want a quick solution to the crisis. We want that our young generation will be protected from clash, conflict, terrorism, militancy and drugs."
Expressing her heartfelt thanks to the university authorities for conferring this honorary degree, she dedicated the honour to the people of Bangladesh and all Bangalis.
She showed her deep respect to the memories of Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on the occasion of his 119th birth anniversary.
Sheikh Hasina said there are many resemblances between the characters of poet Nazrul Islam and Father of the Nation Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. "One person was a poet of literature, while another was a political poet."
She said Nazrul was born in India, but he is the national poet of Bangladesh. His poems were sources of inspiration during the Liberation War in 1971.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought poet Nazrul to Dhaka after the Liberation War. Bangabandhu also awarded citizenship to the great poet and declared him as the National Poet of Bangladesh.
Kazi Nazrul Islam, who was born in Churulia, spent his time with people in many places in Bangladesh.
West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee also spoke on the occasion, while Vice-Chancellor of the Kazi Nazrul University Dr Sadhan Chakrabarti delivered the welcome speech.
Sheikh Hasina went to India on Friday at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On the first day of the two-day official visit, Hasina along Narendra Modi unveiled the plaque of Bangladesh Bhavan at Vivsa-Bharati University in Shantiniketan.