Describing Bangladesh as a secular country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged all not to resort to excessiveness over religion.
“Bangladesh is a secular country. People of all faiths will perform their religious rites independently here, which is enshrined in the Constitution.
“Islam also echoed the same as Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM) said that don’t make excess over the religion. So, we want to see that none will do excess regarding religion and everyone will live in the country in peace,” she said.
The premier was presiding over a discussion arranged by the Awami League (AL) at its Bangabandhu Avenue central office in the capital marking the “Shaheed Sheikh Russel Day” and the 58th birthday of Sheikh Russel.
Sheikh Hasina, also president of the ruling AL, has vowed to turn Bangladesh into a pleasant abode for the children where their talents, knowledge and intellects will blossom naturally so that they can take the country forward towards development and prosperity.
She added: “Russel is no more today. But, there are thousands of children in the country. We have to ensure security for them and fulfill their every demand as they can lead a beautiful life and to be groomed as the worthy citizens of the country.”
Quoting a few lines from the poem “Chhinapotra” of Poet Sukanta Bhattacharya, the premier said she couldn’t know whether she would be able to make the world livable, but she made a pledge to make Bangladesh a livable place for the children.
“I want to establish a peaceful environment in Bangladesh for all, particularly for the children so that none has to give life like my youngest brother Russell,” she continued.
Earlier, the premier unveiled a book titled “Bangabandhur Shikhya Dorshan” (Bangabandhu’s Education Philosophy) published by AL’s sub-committee on Education and Human Resources. AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister, Obaidul Quader gave the welcome address.
Among others, AL Presidium Members Begum Matia Chowdhury, MP, Agriculture Minister Dr. Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, MP, Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, and Abdur Rahman, Joint General Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Central Executive Committee Member Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya Bir Bikram, Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua, Women Affairs Secretary Meher Afroz Chumki, MP, Dhaka South City AL President Abu Ahmed Monnafi and Dhaka North City AL General Secretary SM Mannan Kochi, spoke on the occasion.