POST TIME: 22 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Spirit of secularism should be upheld
Says PM adviser Salman
Staff Reporter, Dhaka

Spirit of secularism should be upheld

Salman F Rahman, private industry and investment adviser to PM, speaks at a programme of the World Buddhist Association in Bangladesh in a restaurant in the capital yesterday following the inauguration of the association’s office. Independent Photo

The prime minister’s adviser on private industries and investment, Salman F Rahman, yesterday said that there will not be any crisis in the world if people maintain their respective religion. He also said that people of all religion are now enjoying equal facilities in the country and for this he credited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“After Bangladesh gained independence, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman included four pillars in our constitution. Secularism is one of them. Buddhists and Hindus are in important positions in the current cabinet, secretariat and in Awami League. This has been possible because of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s secular mindset,” he said.

“People across the world now believe that Bangladesh has religious harmony and it has become a role model in the world in terms of development and secularism,” he said. Salman was addressing the ‘Annual ceremony and Seminar on Inter-Religious Harmony, Humanity, World Peace’ organised by the World Buddhist Association in Bangladesh at a hotel at Paltan in the capital.

The prime minister’s adviser also urged the new generation to work together for the development of the country. “Technology is upgrading. We should keep an eye to the fact that usage of technology shouldn’t put a dent on the religion. People should maintain their respective religion,” he said.  

As a gesture of upholding secular values, Salman F Rahman also announced that he will soon provide a grant to the World Buddhist Association in Bangladesh from Fazlur Rahman Foundation. The foundation, which is named after Salman’s father, is working for the betterment of the country irrespective of caste and creed.

“This Buddhist association is not only working for its own religion but for other religions too. That’s the spirit which should be upheld while building our country,” said Salman.

Ln. Rinku Kumar Barua, president of World Buddhist Association in Bangladesh, Hemanto Pius Rozario, principal of Notre Dame College, and several reverend monks, among others, were present on the occasion.