Prominent economist and freedom fighter Professor Rehman Sobhan has urged the nation to prioritise building an inclusive society, stressing that the forefathers of the nation had scarified their lives for the same goal.
Rehman Sobhan spoke as the first speaker of a series of talks organised by Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Bidyapeeth at the Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban at University of Dhaka yesterday.
Rehman was called on stage by renowned economist Debapriya Bhattacharya, who highlighted Rehman's contributions to the country. Debapriya also hailed Rehman for his gallant resistance against the oppressive Pakistani regime and his role in the War of Liberation.
At the outset of his speech, Rehman commemorated his teacher Professor Abdur Razzaq, mentioning that the great scholar has left a lasting impact on him as his mentor.
Our emergence as an independent nation was possible due to the unrelenting struggle of our people
In his speech, entitled Bangladesh's Permanent Struggle: Constructing an Inclusive Democratic Society, Rehman emphasised on the transformational influence that freedom exerts on people.
He said: “Our emergence as an independent nation was possible due to the unrelenting struggle of our people.”
Rehman also mentioned that there is a lot of work to be done in reducing income disparity, ensuring access to education and implementing democratic process in the country.
In his speech, Rehman commended the emerging entrepreneurial spirit of youth in the country. But he also mentioned that the entrepreneurial capacity was being constrained due to maleficent political practices and exclusion.
Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of Dhaka Dr Nasreen Ahmed, Bengal Foundation Chairman Abul Khair, Razzaq Foundation Director General Ahrar Ahmed spoke among others at the event. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairman of BRAC presided over the event.