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POST TIME: 8 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
New platform opens to uphold communal peace
Eminent citizens unite under ‘Sampriti Bangladesh’
Special Correspondent

New platform opens to uphold
communal peace

Invited guests pose for a group photo at the National Museum auditorium in the capital yesterday marking the launch of ‘Sampreeti Bangladesh’, aiming at upholding communal harmony. Focus Bangla Photo

At a function yesterday (Saturday), speakers urged people to work together for building a no-communal Bangladesh by maintaining harmony among believers of all religions in the country. The occasion was launching an organisation named "Sampriti Bangladesh", a platform for prominent citizens, at the auditorium of the National Museum in the city.

A convener committee, headed by noted cultural activist, Pijush Bandyopadhyay, was formed. Professor Dr Mamun Al Mahtab (Shapnil) has been selected member secretary of the platform.

Prominent citizens like teachers, physicians, journalists, religious leaders, cultural activists and civil society leaders addressed the function.

In his speech through video conference, National Professor Prof Dr Anisuzzaman said Bangladesh basically is a nation of communal harmony where various ethnicities and religions have been living peacefully for a long time.

"Now, there are divisions and conflict among people, and that’s why harmony has deteriorated. We have to reestablish it," he said.

“It is impossible to establish a non-communal country without maintaining secularism. So, we have to be secular first,” Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury, prominent citizen and leader of civil society, said in his address.

Eminent academic Professor Dr Muhammed Zafar Iqbal

 

said Muslims, who are the majority in the country, have to play a vital role to establish a non-communal Bangladesh by maintaining secularism among people of all religions.

Renowned historian Dr Syed Anwar Husain said social justice and human dignity are absent in society. “We will be able to be a non-communal country if we are ensured social justice and human dignity first,” he said.

Pijush Bandyopadhyay said they have launched “Sampriti Bangladesh” with a view to establishing a non-communal Bangladesh with the spirit of the Liberation War.

“Most of the people of the country are against communalism and are in favour of equality. We must stand united and we will be victorious if  are united,” he said.

He sais a central committee will run the new platform and committees would be formed in district and upazila levels soon to make the organisation more effective.

Among other, Prof Emeritus AK Azad Chowdhury, UGC Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan, former Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique, Liberation War Museum trustee Sarwar Ali, journalist Abed Khan, president of National Press Club Shafiqur Rahman, Islamic Foundation Director General Shameem Mohammad Afzal, Buddhist religious leader Suddhananda Mahathero, Ramkrishna Mission General Secretary Swami Guru Sevananda, Christian Association President Nirmal Rosario and ISKCON representative Sukhil Das spoke on the occasion.