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Preserving our heritage for future generations

Historically, we as a nation have been poor at preserving our heritage sites

Update : 19 Apr 2024, 11:13 AM

With April 18 being World Heritage Day, it is the perfect time to reflect on the rich cultural heritage that defines our nation. While we may be a young nation, there are a myriad of historical sites, each a testament to our vibrant past and cultural legacy. From the ancient ruins of Mahasthangarh to the majestic Sundarbans, such sites are sources of national pride and identity.

Bangladesh's heritage sites help connect us to our roots and shape our collective identity. Preserving these sites is therefore not simply a matter of historical importance but rather also a duty towards future generations, ensuring that they too can visit these sites and are able to absorb the lessons they offer.

To that end, it is unfortunate that, historically, we as a nation have been poor at preserving our heritage sites, with many of them under threat. While simply neglect and disregard are the primary culprits for this decay, reasons that are as heartbreaking as they are inexcusable, our unchecked urbanization and subsequent environmental degradation have also played a major part in this downfall. 

It is crucial that, as we prepare to graduate from a least developed country (LDC) we start adopting measures that are more fit for a nation of the stature we aspire to be - and prioritizing the preservation and conservation of our heritage sites fits into that mold. This change will of course require political will and subsequent government intervention but it will also require active participation from the community at large. We must collectively raise awareness about the importance of our heritage and the need to protect it for future generations.

We have always been proud of our history and legacy as a nation. There is no reason therefore for our heritage sites to not be preserved with the care and respect that they warrant.

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