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A stepping stone to progress

  • Published at 06:16 pm September 2nd, 2018
Janmashtami
Photo: MEHEDI HASAN

We are grateful to the current administration for ensuring that people of all races and religions are included as part of this great country

For a country that was built on the tenets of democracy and secularism, religious inclusion is a necessary cornerstone for progress and sustainable development.

Since yesterday, Hindus from across the world and in Bangladesh have been celebrating Janmashtami, which marks the birth of Lord Krishna, it is encouraging to see that the country and its leaders remain united in celebration.

While meeting members of the Hindu community at Ganabhaban, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s words of encouragement -- where she reiterated that “all citizens of Bangladesh have their own equal rights” -- shows the sort of leadership required as Bangladesh moves towards middle-income status.

Of course, one must remember that economic progress alone cannot lead a country to development -- it is crucial for any government to understand that a nation is built on the backs of its citizens, that they are the most important facet of any successful country.

Comunal violence -- especially against the Hindu community, where Hindu temples and idols were vandalized -- continues to mar our national conscience, reinforcing the unfortunate fact that there continues to exist people among us who do not understand the beauty of communal harmony.

Hatred and violence should never be acceptable, and we are grateful to the current administration for ensuring that people of all races and religions are included as part of this great country, and are treated with equal respect.

Religious and communal harmony remain a stepping stone towards continued progress, and we hope that, in this regard, we will carry on improving.