President Abdul Hamid on Sunday urged people of all religions to resist any attempt at creating anarchy in the country in the name of religion through social movement.
He made the call while exchanging greetings with members of the Hindu community at a reception at Bangabhaban marking Janmashtami, an annual Hindu festival that celebrated the birth of Sri Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu.
‘Religion leads people to the path to truth and righteousness and inspires people to act for human welfare. No religion supports extremism, fundamentalism or terrorism,’ he said.
President Hamid also urged people of all religions to remain alert so that no person or group could harm the social discipline in the name of religion.
The head of the state asked all to build strong social resistance against anyone who would try to create anarchy. He also called on all to continue to collectively strive and keep up the trend of national development and progress.
The president asked people to maintain communal harmony at any cost as the participation of all people irrespective of religions, castes and creeds had accelerated victory in all social struggles and movements including the country’s liberation war.
He stressed on nurturing a non-communal spirit to build a happy and prosperous Bangladesh as envisioned by the nation’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
‘Communal harmony is an integral part of our tradition which strengthens the existing harmony and friendship more in the society to build a happy and a prosperous Bangladesh for the present and future generations,’ he said.
The president said that all religious festivals were celebrated with fervour and gaiety in Bangladesh. ‘Each festival becomes universal with the spontaneous participation of people from all religions. This spontaneity has helped build a strong social bonding,’ the president added.
Greeting the people of Hindu community on the occasion, the president mentioned that Sri Krishna had emerged as a social reformer to thwart evil forces and to protect religion and good people in the society.
Religious affairs minister Matiur Rahman and secretaries concerned accompanied the president during the reception.
Hindu religious personalities, leaders of Hindu Religion Welfare Trust, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, Dhaka Mahanagar Sarbajonin Puja Committee, Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha-Christian Oikya Parishad and people from various professions of the community joined the reception. They presented bouquets to the president.
Several lawmakers, judges, ambassadors and the high commissioner of India to Bangladesh, senior journalists of the Hindu community, among others, also joined the reception at the president palace.
The guests were entertained with the traditional food items at Darbar Hall. The president went round the hall and exchanged greetings with all present.
Janmashtami was celebrated across the country on Sunday, marking the birth of Lord Krishna, with due religious fervour.
Hindu community members brought out processions in the capital, divisional cities and district towns depicting the eventful life of Krishna and held other programmes on the occasion.
Different socio-cultural and religious organisations also celebrated Janmashtami and observed various programmes.
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