POST TIME: 10 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Aga Khan’s diamond jubilee celebrated

Aga Khan’s diamond jubilee celebrated

The Aga Khan National Council for Bangladesh celebrated the conclusion of the Diamond Jubilee of the Aga Khan, one of the world's most generous philanthropists and the spiritual leader of more than 15 million Ismaili Muslims worldwide, with a session on ‘Cosmopolitan Ethic in Action’ at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Bashundhara in the capital on Saturday, says a press release.

Sulaiman Ajanee, president of the Aga Khan National Council for Bangladesh, said that the Diamond Jubilee of the Aga Khan has provided a significant opportunity to reflect on the vision of Aga Khan, the efforts of the Aga Khan Development Network and on the ethics and values that strengthen these efforts, one of which is the ‘cosmopolitan ethic’.

As the keynote speaker, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, chairman and founder, BRAC said that cosmopolitanism is “acceptance and appreciation of the fact that we human beings will choose to express ourselves in different ways”. He also shared how the cosmopolitan ethic has been reflected in the work of BRAC, which has significantly contributed to the development of the people of Bangladesh. Dr Rubana Huq, managing director, Mohammadi Group, said “cosmopolitan ethic means that we neither expect nor desire that every person or society should converge on a single mode of life, that is not possible but we have a moral and ethical choice to change whatever we can within our own means.”

In his remarks, Munir M Merali, Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) resident diplomatic representative to Bangladesh said, “Cosmopolitan ethic also means to bring hope where there is despair and poverty, to embrace diversity, and to promote pluralism while employing meritocracy in all that we do”.