Don’t accuse Bangladesh

Bangladesh Finalizes Agreement to Build Buddhist Monastery in Lumbini, Nepal’ was the headline of Hong Kong-based Global Buddhist Door headline on October 11.

Can anyone imagine a Muslim country building a Buddhist monastery in Nepal, a religiously Hindu country? Recently it established a clear-cut example amongst all countries in the world that Bangladesh is the role model of communal harmony in the world. The Bangladesh government has the interest and intention of holding Bangladesh as a non-communal Bangladesh. But some barbaric culprits and stupid criminals are trying to damage the national prestige of Bangladesh in the international arena by committing heinous misdeeds.

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It is Bangladesh which can be considered a champion and role model of communal harmony in the whole world. People have been living here with lasting intercommunal peace and confidence. Bangladesh’s Inter-communal harmony is well known to and praised by the world.

The people of Bangladesh believe in the policy “Religion is everyone’s festival; everyone has equal respect for all religions.” Now a question arises. But why? Because uncivilized, barbaric perpetrators and propagandists don’t want it to be implemented. People who have anti-Bangladeshi sentiment in their mindset always seek the time and place to oppose this. They waited for the golden time for committing this and have tried to take advantage of this opportunity. Recent events surrounding the Durga Puja celebration in Bangladesh proved it again.

But what’s going on in Bangladesh now? Some miscreants spread rumours through using social media to destabilize the peace and stability of communal harmony in Bangladesh. The people of Bangladesh have been enjoying the God-given blessings in the case of inter-communal ties. But miscreants who don’t want the development of the country might be behind this.

Basically, there are no religious or ethnic boundaries in Bangladesh. Everyone is for everyone. People from all religions and ethnicities are united in Bangladesh. The recent incident is just a separate incident in Bangladesh. Please, don’t blame Bangladesh for those separate incidents. Bangladesh is a country of all religious groupsRecent events re merely an anomaly.

Bangladesh as a secular country always tries to ensure the rights of all ethnic and religious groups. Bengali culture is synonymous with inter-communal harmonies. It is one of the countries in the world where Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, and various ethnic tribes have been living together with eternal peace.

But recent incidents regarding vandalism of Durga idols in Bangladesh created tensions. It was an incident. The people who allegedly committed the crime must be brought to justice. No one has the right to bother or disturb anyone.

BD PM Sheikh Hasina Wazed leads a government that believes in inter-communal harmony. She always tries her level best to join any religious and cultural programme. Anyone can understand that she is committed to ensure the rights of all groups. The regime under Sheikh Hasina is committed to ensure that.

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Bangladesh is committed to protect the rights of all groups because the inception and journey of Bangladesh was started through participation from all walks and quarters in the society in the great 1971 liberation war. The country’s constitution has obliged Bangladesh to do it. Bangladesh knows it and practices it. No one can deny that. The Bengali nation consists of multiple religions. Bengali people hold the spirit of the great 1971 liberation war. 1971 liberation war sentiment is more related to inter-communal harmonies.

Bangladesh is a responsible country in the world. It is known to shelter the human beings (Rohingyas from Myanmar) and take back its own people to its own land (Chakma people in 1994). Bangladesh wants to ensure perpetual regional peace in the region (on the lines of the 1997 Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord)

However, in Comilla, those who have insulted the Qur’an, attacked and vandalized the puja mandapa, don’t symbolize the mindset of the whole Bangladeshi people. Basically, that was mockery, misconception, terrorism in the name of serving one’s own religion. It is true that each and every religion in the world teaches us tolerance towards others, nonviolence and to be respectful to others. Every and each human being is safe under the shelter of the umbrella of God. Recent Comilla, Chandpur, Chittagong and Rangpur incidents in Bangladesh are not representative of Bangladesh. Bangladesh has more districts and regions. But the incidents in the above-mentioned places are pathetic.

But the perpetrators must be brought obliviously under exemplary punishment. When the Bangladesh government is paving the way for ensuring inter-communal harmony, this could harm the image of Bangladesh as a role model of inter-communal harmony worldwide. I am sure that the Bangladesh government will do that because it is the national policy of the Bangladesh government.

People should be seen as human beings, not religious identities. Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony. Those who want to destroy this harmony must be under tribunal. The Prime Minister has already assured this. Her prompt reaction was seen during her meeting Hindu community.

It is Bangladesh where there is Mangal Shobhajatra or Mangal Jatra at dawn on the first day of the Bengali New Year in Bangladesh, Various religious festivals such as Eid of Muslim community, Pujas of Hindu community, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day of Christian community, Buddha Purnima are taken place simultaneously. Muslim festivals of Eid ul-Fitr, Eid ul-Azha, Milad un Nabi, Muharram, Chand raat, Shab-e-Baraat, Bishwa Ijtema; Hindu festivals of Durga Puja and Janmashtami; Buddhist festival of Buddha Purnima; Christian festival of Christmas and secular festivals like Pohela Boishakh, Nabanna, Language Movement Day, Independence Day, Rabindra Jayanti, Nazrul Jayanti, witness widespread celebrations and usually are national holidays in Bangladesh. Bengalis and Non-Bengalis in Chittagong Hill Tracts region celebrate together the tribal festivals such as Biju, Sangrai, Baisabi among others.

Basically, there are no religious or ethnic boundaries in Bangladesh. Everyone is for everyone. People from all religions and ethnicities are united in Bangladesh. The recent incident is just a separate incident in Bangladesh. Please, don’t blame Bangladesh for those separate incidents. Bangladesh is a country of all religious groups.

Pathik Hassan
The writer can be reached at [email protected]

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