Terming communal harmony a great tradition of the nation, President Abdul Hamid on Friday urged people of all religions to strengthen it to attain national development and progress through collective endeavour.
“Bangladesh is a land of communal harmony. All religious festivals are celebrated here with fervour and gaiety. I urge people of all religions to maintain it through collective efforts and utilise it for attaining development of the country,” he said.
He made the call while exchanging greetings with members of the Hindu community at a reception at Bangabhaban, marking Janmashtami, an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu, according to a BSS report.
President Hamid also stressed the need for utilising the appeal of Janmashtami to establish a welfare state instead of keeping it limited to ceremony and festival only.
"Man is a social animal. Therefore, all have to play responsible role for eradicating misdeeds, injustice and superstition from the society without remaining busy with own selves.”
The President also called for strengthening family ties to prevent violent incidents and build a peaceful society.
Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder, Hindu religious personalities, leaders of Hindu Religion Welfare Trust, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, Dhaka Mahanagar Sarbajonin Puja Committee, Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha-Christian Oikya Parishad and people from various professions of the community joined the reception. They presented bouquets to the President.
Lawmakers, judges, ambassadors, and high commissioner of India to Bangladesh, senior journalists of Hindu community, among others, also joined the reception at the president palace.
The invited guests were entertained with the traditional food items at Darbar Hall. President went round different corners there and exchanged greetings with them.