MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said ensuring a conducive atmosphere through maintaining non-communal spirit for celebration of all religious festivals is the best achievement of Bangladesh.
“Bangladesh is a secular state and we all irrespective of religion, caste and creed are moving together along the same road. We all are celebrating festivals including religious ones together, which is the best achievement for us,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina came up with the remarks while addressing a function during her visit to the Durga Puja Mandap at Ramkrishna Mission in Dhaka on Monday afternoon, report UNB and BSS.
She extended her greetings to members of the Hindu community at home and abroad on the occasion of their largest religious festival Saradiya Durgoutsab and said, “Religion is an affair of individuals, but festivals are for all.”
Responding to the call of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, all people — Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians — irrespective of their religions fought shoulder to shoulder and liberated the country sacrificing their blood, she said.
“So, we always wanted that the people from all religions to perform the rituals of their respective religions independently with dignity in this independent Bangladesh. And we’ve been able to create such an environment,” said the Prime Minister.
“We at least can say when Awami League assumes power, such a nice environment is created!” she said, adding that Hindus have been celebrating their festivals — Puja-Parban– in an excellent manner during the tenure of Awami League for the last 10 years.
Sheikh Hasina said people irrespective of their religion, caste and creed celebrate Pahela Baishakh and Bangla Nababarsha and the government also provides Pahela Baishakh allowance.
People respect the religion of each other here, she said.
The government wants to contain social diseases like terrorism, militancy, drugs and corruption so that those cannot destroy family, society and country.
Lawmaker Kazi Firoze Rashid and Inspector General of Police Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary also spoke at the programme.
Principal of Ramkrishna Math and Secretary of Ramkrishna Mission Swami Purnamtananda Maharaj delivered the welcome address on the occasion.