Bangladesh Prime Minister Urges Hindu Community to Embrace Unity and Equal Rights
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has delivered a powerful message of unity and equal rights, urging the country’s Hindu community not to consider themselves minorities. She emphasized that Bangladesh, a predominantly Muslim nation, extends its ideals of equality and inclusivity to everyone, regardless of caste, creed, or religion. This call for unity came during an interaction with leading Hindu community leaders, coinciding with the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, at her official residence, Gano Bhaban.
“Why would you call yourselves a minority? There is nothing like minority and majority here. Rather, all citizens will live here enjoying equal rights. Don’t undermine yourselves as a minority. Why are you doing so when you are the people of this country?”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s words carry immense significance as she encourages the Hindu community to embrace their rightful place as equal citizens of Bangladesh. Her message is a testament to the nation’s commitment to equality and harmony, particularly considering its history of independence from Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.
Equal Rights for All Citizens
Prime Minister Hasina further emphasized her desire for all citizens to practice their respective religions freely while calling for constant vigilance against any threats to Bangladesh’s religious harmony. She reaffirmed her government’s commitment to maintaining religious and communal harmony in Bangladesh, fostering a society where no one undermines another, and all individuals enjoy equal rights.
“We know there are some vested interests everywhere, who want to create problems. All will have to pay attention so that none can create problems.”
Without directly naming individuals or groups, she expressed concern about certain parties maligning Bangladesh’s image abroad. She appealed to all citizens to remain vigilant in this regard, underlining the importance of safeguarding the nation’s reputation and unity.
Protecting Bangladesh’s Non-Communal Spirit
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also highlighted the historical context of Bangladesh’s non-communal spirit. She noted that this spirit was severely impacted after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975 and during the rule of military leader Ziaur Rahman, during which the Hindu community faced repression.
She explained that secularism in Bangladesh signifies the freedom for people of all religions to practice their beliefs without fear or discrimination. Sheikh Hasina’s government has been instrumental in restoring and upholding this non-communal spirit, fostering an atmosphere of unity and respect for diversity.
Prime Minister Hasina’s message serves as a reminder of Bangladesh’s commitment to pluralism, equality, and religious freedom. It encourages the Hindu community to embrace their identity as equal citizens and reinforces the nation’s resolve to protect its non-communal ethos.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s call for unity and equal rights is a powerful testament to Bangladesh’s dedication to inclusivity and harmony. Her message resonates not only with the Hindu community but with all citizens, emphasizing the nation’s commitment to upholding the principles of equality, religious freedom, and non-communalism.
As Bangladesh continues to progress as a nation, Prime Minister Hasina’s words serve as a guiding light, reminding everyone of the importance of unity and shared values in building a prosperous and harmonious society.
Source: Awami League Twitter