It is only through taking care of our people, including the most marginalized, that we can truly succeed as a nation
In trying times, it is important for Bangladesh to have a leader who has a clear vision for the kind of country we aspire to be.
And it is undoubtedly the case with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, whose words of wisdom at India’s Kazi Nazrul University -- where she received an honourary doctorate degree -- speak to the kind of leadership Bangladesh deserves.
Urging on young graduates, she spoke of the various ideals espoused by the great poets Kazi Nazrul Islam and Rabindranath Tagore, and how we should all aspire to follow in their footsteps.
Most importantly, she reiterated the importance of the non-communal spirit, and how it “is reflected in our principle and ideology where people, irrespective of their race and religion, will enjoy equal rights.”
These words ring truer now than ever before.
They serve to highlight how important it is, not just for Bangladesh but for the world, to put humanity first and to cast aside our differences for the common good.
This is especially relevant in this day and age, when certain factions and their leaders have taken advantage of religious and ethnic differences and torn the world asunder with hatred and violence.
In Bangladesh, several incidents of Hindu temples being destroyed had brought to the foreground that communal violence still remains a problem.
But under such leadership, we the people can rest assured that the government is on the right side of history and will do everything in its power to restore secularism to Bangladesh and uphold the values of democracy.
It is only through taking care of our people, including the most marginalized amongst us, that we can truly succeed as a nation.