Communal harmony is the eternal tradition of Bengalis: President
Own Correspondent, Dhaka, Oct 6: President Md. Abdul Hamid urged everyone to be vigilant so that no person or group can mislead the people by using religion for their nefarious interests.
He said communal harmony is the eternal tradition of Bengalis. There is no place for the majority or minority here. The President also urged everyone to work together to advance this tradition collectively in the overall progress of the country.
He said these during the exchange of greetings and courtesy meeting with people from the Hindu community at Bangabhaban on the occasion of Autumn Durga Puja on Wednesday (October 5) evening.
Wishing people from the Hindu community all over the world, including in Bangladesh, a happy and prosperous Bijaya Dashami, Abdul Hamid said, "We will definitely celebrate Durga Puja. But we must remember that our neighbours, friends, and relatives should not be deprived of this joy."
At this time, the President expressed grief over the death of 70 pilgrims in the boat sinking in the Karatoa river of Panchagarh district on September 25. He also expressed deep condolences to the bereaved family members. At the same time, the President wished for the speedy recovery of the injured.
Pointing out that the spread of Coronavirus and the Russia-Ukraine war have caused global instability and conflict, the President said that the world is going through extreme uncertainty. The world economy is constantly being hit by the recession. There is no alternative to absolute tolerance, mutual trust, and cooperation to overcome this situation.
Meanwhile, referring to Tuesday's unexpected power outage, the President said that there was some disruption due to this. But he expressed hope that all religious festivals will be celebrated more beautifully and grandly in the days to come. At the same time, the bond of harmony and amity will be strengthened among all irrespective of caste and religion.
Minister of State for Religious Affairs Md. Faridul Haque Khan, Senior Vice-Chairman of Religious Welfare Trust Manoranjan Sheel Gopal, Trustee of Hindu Religious Welfare Trust Professor Dr. Pran Gopal Dutta, Vice-Chairman of Hindu Religious Welfare Trust Subrata Pal, President of Bangladesh Puja Udjab Parishad JL Bhowmick, Ramakrishna Math Mission principal Swami Haripremananda Maharaj, Dhaka Metropolitan Public Puja Committee President Monindra Kumar Nath and others delivered speeches at the programme.