• Wednesday, Mar 03, 2021
  • Last Update : 08:50 pm

ED: Protect our minority communities better

  • Published at 01:52 am January 6th, 2021
web-Lalmonirhat Mosque and Temple in Communal Harmony
Photo: BSS

There has been enough talk on secularism and its value, but these words ring hollow

While we have undoubtedly been making steady economic progress as a nation, the intolerance and violence against our minorities remains a point of contention.

Just this week, yet another idol of Hindu goddess Kali was vandalized by unidentified miscreants at a temple in Thakurgaon, and unfortunately, this is neither the first, nor will it be the last of such incidents of vandalism -- these acts are nothing but acts of intolerance towards a certain minority community.

Our country continues to see such intolerant behaviour towards our minority population, and this fact is particularly distressing if we remember that Bangladesh was built upon secular values, where freedom of religion applied to one and all, and nobody was to be marginalized on the basis of their religion or kin.

Indeed, every year, while we speak of economic development, we fail to protect our minorities and their rights to practice their beliefs safely, which is an absolute basic right that they rightfully expect and deserve.

Bangladesh must take a long, hard look within, and recognize and acknowledge that its secular values may be slipping, and call for concrete action to be taken that would put a halt on these incidents of violence against our minority communities. There has been enough talk on secularism and its value, but these words ring hollow if places of worship continue to be desecrated and minorities continue to feel unsafe in this country.

It is up to not just the authorities concerned and law enforcement, but also, every citizen in Bangladesh, to stand against violence against our minority groups and ensure that they are afforded the liberty to lead their lives just as any other citizen of Bangladesh.

91
Facebook 90
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail