POST TIME: 24 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
President stresses communal harmony to attain progress
BSS, Dhaka

President stresses communal harmony to attain progress

President M Abdul Hamid exchanges greetings with members of Hindu community at a reception hosted for them on the occasion of Janmastami, a festival to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna, at Bangabhaban in the capital yesterday. PID photo

President M Abdul Hamid yesterday urged people of all religions to maintain the country’s existing communal harmony to attain national development and progress.

The president came up with the call while speaking at a reception hosted for Hindu community representatives at Bangabhaban here on the occasion of Janmastami, a festival to celebrate the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu.

 “Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony and people of all religions have been performing their respective religious rituals amid harmony and amity since long…utilise this tradition for national development and progress,” he said.

Noting that mutual good relations and respect can play very important role in building an inclusive society, president Hamid laid emphasis on maintaining good family ties which has got importance in all the religions.

 “Due to changes in family structures, gradual urbanisation and modernisation, people’s business has increased–. So, the family bond is getting lost and the degradation of social values and different untoward incidents are taking place,” he observed.

The head of the state asked all not to remain busy with own only and to play a responsible role in removing wrong, injustice and superstition from the society.

He simultaneously urged all not confine the Janmastami programme to merely the occasion and festival but to use this as an endeavour to build a welfare society.

And then it would be possible to build a happy and prosperous “Sonar Bangla” as envisioned by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the president added.

Greeting the people of Hindu community on the occasion, he said the main ideal of Sri Krishna was to build the ties of real love and harmony among the people removing all sorts of injustice, repression, torture and conflict from society.

Abdul Hamid mentioned that Sri Krishna, according to Hindu religion, emerged as a social reformer to thwart evil forces and protect religion and good people in the society.

The president called upon all irrespective of religion and caste to forge unity for building a prosperous and nonviolent society. Secretaries concerned accompanied the president during the reception. After then, the president went round different corners of the Durbar Hall and exchanged greetings with them.