Merry Christmas to all our readers
Today is the day that Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and that includes the million-strong Christian population of Bangladesh.
Ours is a country that was founded upon the principles of secularism and pluralism, where people of all ethnicity, race, and creed come together and live in harmony, and Christmas is one of the many religious holidays which serve to remind us of that fact.
Despite the threat of communal violence looming ever large in our society, time and again, the people have proven that what unites our nation is our shared identity as Bengalis.
Hounded by their own government and military forces, when the Rohingya had nowhere to turn to, it was Bangladesh and its people who welcomed them with open arms -- showing the kind of compassion and kindness that is ascribed to Jesus Christ.
This is what Bangladesh is all about.
As a nation born out of struggle, violence, and death, we know just how sacred a life can be, just as how we know what it means to be a people without a home to call their own.
In the spirit of humanity and the spirit of Christmas, let us all hope that persecuted and displaced people all over the world, not limited to the Rohingya, will eventually be able to return to their home with a sense of security and safety.
Merry Christmas to all our readers.