President emphasized on Secularism in Bangladesh

President Zillur Rahman today said upholding secularism is a must for building a prosperous Bangladesh.

“Secularism doesn’t mean absence of religion,” he said while speaking to journalists during hosting a reception for the members of the Hindu community at Bangabhaban, marking their largest religious festival- Durga Puja.

The President said Bangladesh is a secular country where people from all religions and creeds can perform their respective rituals peacefully with due festive mood in a brotherly atmosphere.

Noting that Durga Puja is one of the most ancient festivals of the country, the President said people from all walks of life celebrate the festival since long.

Zillur Rahman said members of the Hindu community have celebrated the Durga Puja across the country in a very peaceful and cheerful manner this year which is a success of the present government.

On the occasion of Durga puja, the President expressed his hope that people from all religions including Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians would work together for building the ‘Sonar Bangla’, dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

During the reception President Zillur Rahman welcomed the guests at Bangabhaban and exchanged greetings with them. Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen was present on the occasion.

Diplomats including High Commissioners of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka to Bangladesh attended the reception.

Besides, distinguished personalities including Principal of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Swami Aksarananda Moharaj and Major General (retd) CR Dutta, judges, editors, academics, freedom fighters, senior journalists, lawyers, doctors, businessmen, artistes, high civil and military officials and retired government officials attended the reception.

DHAKA, Oct 17 (BSS)

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