Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee president Shahriar Kabir on Friday said the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated for trying to establish a country where political use of religion would not be allowed.
He said the idea of secularism Sheikh Mujibur Rahman promoted was the one that recognises the right of an individual to practice whatever religion he or she wants to practice.
‘He (Mujib) wanted to establish secular Bengali nationalism,’ said Shahriar, in his lecture titled ‘Bangabandhu and spirit of liberation war.’
Bangladesh Itihas Sammilani organised the lecture at National Museum in the afternoon.
‘But the USA had always been against the idea of secular nationalism and did not let it flourish in any country in the world,’ said Shahriar.
He said numerous researchers in the USA came up with evidences that the USA was involved in plans to assassin Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
He said it was for the same reason that the Chilean president Salvador Allende and Afghan president Najibullah were assassinated and the USA was involved in their murders as well.
Shahriar said Sheikh Mujibur Rahman fought for world peace and he sacrificed his life to establish it.
‘I believe youths will lead the nation in building a secular and humane society in Bangladesh,’ said Shahriar.
Professor Burhanuddin Khan Jahangir presided over the programme.
‘Bangladesh has drifted away from the path Bangabandhu had wished to lead the country on to,’ said Jahangir. He urged people to be aware of the forces still trying to mislead Bangladesh.
BIS general secretary Mahbubur Rahman also spoke at the programme.
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