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President exchanges greetings with Hindu community members at Janmashtami reception

  • Published at 09:09 pm September 2nd, 2018
Janmashtami reception
President Abdul Hamid greeting the Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla, at the Janmashtami reception, at Bangabhaban on Sunday, September 2, 2018 Focus Bangla

He called for social movement against anarchy attempt

President Abdul Hamid has urged people of all religions to resist through social movement any attempt that creates anarchy in the society, in the name of religion.

The president was speaking on Sunday while exchanging greetings with members of the Hindu community at a reception at Bangabhaban, marking the Janmashtami, an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu.

"Religion leads people to truth and right and inspires for human welfare. No religion supports militancy, fundamentalism or terrorism," he said.

Religious Affairs Minister Principal Motiur Rahman and secretaries concerned accompanied the president during the reception.

Besides, Hindu religious personalities, leaders of Hindu Religion Welfare Trust, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, Dhaka MahanagarSarbajonin Puja Committee, Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha-Christian Oikya Parishad and people from various professions of the community joined the reception.

The president also urged people from all religions to remain alert so that no one can obstruct the social discipline in the name of religion.

President Hamid also urged all to continue collective endeavour to keep up the trend of national development and progress. He also asked all to build strong social resistance if anyone tries to create anarchy.

The President also asked people to maintain communal harmony at any cost as the participation of all people irrespective of religions, castes and creeds accelerated victory in all struggles and movements including the country's Liberation War.

He stressed on utilizing the non-communal spirit to build a happy and prosperous Bangladesh envisioned by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

"Communal harmony is our great tradition which strengthens the existing harmony and friendship more in the society to build a happy and a prosperous Bangladesh for the present and future generation," the president added.

The President said all religious festivals are celebrated with fervour and gaiety in Bangladesh. "Each festival becomes universal with the spontaneous participation of all religious minded people. This spontaneity has helped build social bonding," the president said.

The President while greeting the Hindu community mentioned that Sri Krishna emerged as a social reformer to thwart evil forces and to protect religion and good people in the society.

Several lawmakers, judges, ambassadors and high commissioner of India to Bangladesh, senior journalists of Hindu community, were present at the program, among others.

The invited guests were entertained with the traditional food items at Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban. President went round different corners and exchanged greetings with the guests.