Academics and researchers at a discussion unequivocally called for ensuring social justice and development of living and livelihood conditions of ethnical minority communities in the country’s northwest region.
They made this observation while addressing an international seminar titled Self-introduction of Ethnic Minorities’ hosted by Institute Bangladesh Studies in Rajshahi University at its conference hall on Friday.
RU vice-chancellor Professor Abdus Sobhan and Professor Hassan Azizul Haque addressed the opening session as chief and special guests respectively with IBS director Prof Swarashish Sarker in the chair. Nitish Biswash, a famous organiser of Indian underprivileged classes, made the welcome speech.
Presenting his keynote paper Professor Mejbah Kamal from Dhaka University mentioned the ethnic people were always deprived of land rights, food, healthcare, education and cultural facilities, so it is important that the government should ensure their fundamental rights besides full-filling other requisite demands.
He called for freeing the ethnic communities from the vicious cycle of poverty to make them fit for all the nation-building activities.
Stressing the need for protecting their rights he said importance should be given on protecting the underprivileged people from all sort of deceptions. Empowerment of the disadvantaged communities has become an urgent need.
Professor Sobhan underscored the need for establishing social justice towards the plain land ethnic communities through removing all sorts of disparity.
More than 100 teachers, researchers, students and others concerned from home and abroad joined the seminar.
Around 21 research papers on the issue were presented there.