Militancy has raised its head, we want peace: PM

Militancy has raised its head, we want peace: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said her government wants to build a beautiful future for the Bangalee nation by maintaining a wonderful environment in the country.
“We want peace, not clash…we want to maintain beautiful environment in the country as expected by all. Our aim is to have a wonderful atmosphere for the Bangalee nation and it could be placed in the dignified position on the world stage,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the birth centenary of legendary artist Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin at the national level at the National Museum in Dhaka in the afternoon.Sheikh Hasina said the people of the country irrespective of caste, creed and religion celebrate Pohela Boishakh with fanfare and festivity-it is the everlasting tradition of the Bangalees.
On the other hand, she said, the people of all faiths celebrate their religious festival together. “It is like a union of confidence and the Bangalee nation made it possible and set such an example in the world,” she said.
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs arranged the function as part of its yearlong programmes to celebrate the birth centenary of Shilpacharya.
The Prime Minister urged artistes, litterateurs and cultural activists to take more effective steps against inhuman behaviour of the people, saying that only culture and heritage could bring about changes in such attitude.
“Militancy has emerged today. The people are being killed in the name of religions….the evil forces in the guise of religions are attacking places of worships. Last year we witnessed how the holy Quran was burnt on the premises of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque and the national mosque was ransacked,” she said.
“Only our culture and heritage could bring about changes in the inhuman behaviour of the people. Our artistes, litterateurs and cultural activists will have to take more effective measures. I think they could awaken human values in the thinking of the people by removing hatred mentality,” she added.
The Prime Minister also said militancy, fanaticism, intolerance and violence do not match the Bangalee culture.
“Brotherhood, harmony and hospitality among the human beings are ideals of Bangalee nation. The Bangalees may not have much resources, but they can enjoy with whatever little things they have,” she said.
The Prime Minister said the main characteristic of the Bangalee culture is non-communalism. “The main word of the Bangalee culture is that there would be unity in human beings by shunning differences of caste and creed. But questions arise in my mind sometimes whether Bangalee nation is being deviated from the mainstream of its culture,” she said.
Paying tributes to Shilpacharya, the Prime Minister said the importance of Zoynul Abedin is endless. “He was a genuine artist close to the soil. Like that he was the pioneer of the movement for art and culture,” she said.
“The nation would ever-remember the contribution of Zainul Abedin to flourishing art and culture of Bangladesh as well as national entity of the Bangalees,” she said.

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