President Abdul Hamid has urged all irrespective of faiths to work together to keep the nation free from all evil forces, saying that the country will have to be taken on the way of prosperity shunning communalism, militancy and intolerance.
"Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony and every religious festival is observed here with respect and amid festivity from the time immemorial.
"The people of different faiths have created a great heritage by living together here peacefully and maintaining the tradition of harmony and cordiality," said the President while speaking at the Bijoya Sammilani at Dhakeshwai Temple today.
He said all religions have declared victory of mankind over all evil forces. There are differences in practicing different religions but the main message of religions contains the same spirit, he said, adding that there is no conflict and disparity among religions.
Those who fail to realize this inner truth of religion creates chaos in the society and mankind has to pay price for it, he observed.
The President said the present government has taken all out steps to eliminate militancy and terrorism from the country and it has become successful to a large extent in this regard.
The government, he said, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working ceaselessly to establish good governance and for socioeconomic development.
It is going ahead with a specific plan and programme to give the country a firm footing and the people of the country have started getting benefits of this plan and pprogrammes. Bangladesh has already become a lower middle income country and it will become a middle income country by 2021, he added.
President Hamid said Bangladesh's recent success in agriculture, health, poverty elimination and women empowerment have drawn the attention of the world community. This trend of progress must be maintained at any cost to turn Bangladesh into a developed country by 2041, he said.
"So, we now need patriotism, national unity and united efforts. I firmly believe that we will be able to reach our desired position with the united efforts and active cooperation of all," he added.
D.N. Chatterjee presided over the programme while mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mohammad Sayeed Khokan, director general of Islamic Foundation Samim Mohammad Afzal, principal of Ramkrishna Math and Ramkrishna Mission Swami Dhrubeshananda Maharaj,
Vice-chancellor of Notre Dame University Professor Father Benjamin Kosta, principal of Kamlapur Dharmarajik Buddha Bihar Srimat Buddha Priya Mahathero and general secretary of Bangladesh Puja Utjapan Parishad Tapos Kumal Paul, among others, also spoke on the occasion.