• Monday, Nov 28, 2022
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

In celebration of Bangladesh’s pluralism

  • Published at 11:59 am October 18th, 2018
Puja
Photo: RAJIB DHAR

Durga Puja celebrations highlight the secular values upon which Bangladesh was founded

As the Durga Puja celebrations come to a close today for the Hindu community, let us remember the spirit of harmony that binds all of us together on this very special occasion. 

The festival celebrates the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura, representing the triumph of good over evil, and serves to highlight lessons each and every one of us can relate to. 

What is especially heartening is the inclusive nature of the festival, which sees people not just from the Hindu community but from all walks of life partaking in the various celebrations taking place all over the country. 

Pluralism remains a cornerstone of any functioning democracy, and the Durga Puja celebrations highlight the secular values upon which Bangladesh was founded. 

Unfortunately, recent incidents have shown that communal discord still remains a very real problem in certain spheres of our country, with certain groups and people striving to create disharmony amongst the peace-loving citizens of Bangladesh. 

As such, it has never been more important for us as a nation to hold and celebrate these values, and to ensure that each and every single community is represented and valued within our national consciousness.

It is a duty that we all share, especially our religious leaders, for whom it is their responsibility to ensure that messages of peace and communal harmony spread through our communities.

Pluralism and inclusivity are essential aspects of any nation on the path to progress, and the Durga Puja festival celebrations are testament to the fact that we are a country which thrives under such circumstances.

50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail