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ED: For a safe Durga Puja

  • Published at 04:18 am October 12th, 2021
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MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU

Let Durga Puja be a reminder of Bangladesh’s values

It is good to see Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam state that all security arrangements have been made on the occasion of Durga Puja, which is to be held over this week, and is the most significant religious festival of the Hindu community. 

Despite making some progress when it comes to communal violence, there is no argument to be made that Bangladesh remains some way away from ensuring that its minority population always feel safe in their own country.  

This year too has seen numerous, separate incidents of miscreants attacking homes and places of religious worship of our minority populations. 

This was particularly true for the Hindu population, and to that end, Commissioner Islam’s assurance of extensive preparations to tackle any untoward incident, of having the police deployed round-the-clock at all the big temples, and puja mandaps to be brought under CCTV surveillance are all positive developments that should greatly aid in putting the minds of the Hindu community at ease, so that people are able to observe their religious festivities with no fear. 

However, it is also a shame that it has come to a point where we must acknowledge the need for extra security for our Hindu population, or any other minority community for that matter. Let Durga Puja be a reminder of Bangladesh’s values -- that of secularism, democracy, and equality -- which were the foundational values of Bangladesh. It is only when we embrace our diversity as a people, and continue to work towards communal harmony, will Bangladesh become the equitable, developed nation it intends to be. 

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