Eastern Times Special Correspondent, Dhaka: Felicitating the people of the Hindu community on the occasion of Durga Puja and Vijaya Dashami, the acting chairman of Bangladesh’s main opposition party BNP, Tarique Rahman, said, “Bangladesh is a country of religious harmony. Everyone, irrespective of religion or caste, should be aware of any kind of evil activities.
BNP is committed to protecting the religious freedom and values of every person in this country. We do not believe in the theory of majority and minority. We are all Bangladeshis – let this be our big identity.”
In a message on Friday, wishing happiness, peace and welfare for the people of the Hindu community Tareq Rahman said, ‘Durga Puja has been the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community in Bangladesh and other countries for centuries. This religious festival has been celebrated for a long time.
In Bangladesh too, Durga Puja has always been celebrated in a joyous and festive atmosphere.
He said, ‘Any religious festival creates a genuine bondage among the people, awakens a sense of sympathy and brotherhood. The essence of all religion is peace and human welfare. As human beings, it is the duty of us to abstain from violence, hatred and bloodshed and to establish peace and equality in the society.
The underlying message of Durga Puja is to destroy the demons of violence, greed and anger and establish heavenly peace in a society where justice and fairness will be ensured.
The main goal of this worship is to establish human welfare by fighting against those who want to destroy the society, human civilization and establish misrule through torture, oppression and revenge. Everyone should share the joy of Durga Puja festival with that message in mind.
The scope of the festival is not encircled but wide and universal. I wish the overall success of this Durgotsab. ”
In a statement BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “BNP believes in the principle of ‘religion for individuals, state for all’ and religious freedom and values.’ During the tenure of this government, communal provocation, attacks on Hindu temples, including various religious places of worship, vandalism of idols, looting and extortion have increased tremendously. Incidents of destruction of communal harmony are impossible without the help of special quarters.
I am expressing deep concern and strongly condemn all these heinous acts.”
He added that people from all communities have been living together in harmony in Bangladesh for a long time. Religious festivals transcend communal boundaries and bring together all people, irrespective of religion or caste, in a larger circle of goodwill. Communal harmony is the part of our national heritage. We all are Bangladeshi – this is our pride, this is our only identity.