Bangladesh Is for All, Not for Religious Bigots

Anwar A. Khan

12 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh is a nation dedicated to religious tolerance of people of all religions or sects of religions and freedom. 

The country treasures the relationship we have with many of our friends belonging to various religions, and we respect the vibrant faith of all other religions which inspire countless individuals to lead lives of honesty, integrity, and morality. We, in Bangladesh, recognize the values of progress, pluralism, and acceptance that bind us together as a nation and a global community. By working together to advance mutual understanding, we point the way to a brighter future for all.

Bangladesh is for all people, but now our war shall be against all religion traders. And therefore, we must work together to defend ourselves. And by remaining strong and united and tough, we'll prevail.

Ours is a country based upon tolerance and we welcome people of all faiths in Bangladesh.

We thank the nations that stand with us against terror, nations that themselves are often victims of terror.

Ours is a vibrant faith. Millions of our fellow citizens are Muslim. But we must respect the faith of people of all other religions. We honour our traditions. Our enemy does not. Our enemy doesn't follow the great traditions of our faith that we attained in 1971. They've hijacked a great religion.

Bangladesh was created as a faith that brings comfort to people of all religions or sects of religions. The creation of Bangladesh inspires us to lead lives based on honesty, and justice, and compassion.

All Bangladesh’s people must recognize that the face of terror is not the true faith. Our faith is:  That has made brothers and sisters of every race. It's a faith based upon love, not hate.

If liberty can blossom in the rocky soil of Bangladesh, it will inspire millions of men and women around the globe who are equally weary of poverty and oppression, equally entitled to the benefits of democratic government. Our commitments to morality, and learning, and tolerance lead us to great historical achievements. And those values are still alive in the Bangladesh world today.

We have a rich culture, and we should share the aspirations of men and women in every culture. Prosperity and freedom and dignity are just for Bangladesh’s hopes. They are universal, human hopes. And even in the violence and turmoil in the country, Bangladesh believes those hopes have the power to transform lives and nations.

When it comes to the common rights and needs of men and women, there is no clash of civilizations. The requirements of freedom apply fully to people of all religions or sects of religions.  The people of Bangladesh’s nation want and deserve the same freedoms and opportunities as people in every religion or sect of religion. And the government should listen to their hopes and aspirations. We should protect people of all other religions. And that’s why, we established Bangladesh in 1971 paying a very heavy price for it.

Bangladesh rejects bigotry. We reject every act of hatred against people of non-Muslim background and we value and welcome peaceful people of all faiths -- Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddha and many others. Every faith has to be practiced and protected here, because we are one country. Every people can be fully and equally Bangladesh’s because we are one country. Religions should not divide us, because Bangladesh is one country.

We or the Bangladesh government must take action against evil people. Because this great nation of many religions understands, our fight shall not be against any religion, or against faith practiced by people of other religions or sects of religions. Our war is a war against evil. This is clearly a case of good versus evil, and makes no mistake about it - good will prevail.

The teachings of many faiths share much in common. And people of many faiths are united in our commitments to love our families, to protect our children, and to build a more peaceful world. Let us resolve to seize opportunities to work together in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. Through our combined efforts, we can end terrorism and rid our civilization of the damaging effects of hatred and intolerance, ultimately achieving a brighter future for all.

The core spirit of Bangladesh for which it was founded in 1971 teaches the value and the importance of charity, mercy, and peace.

This new enemy seeks to destroy our freedom and impose its views. We value life; the terrorists ruthlessly destroy it. We value education; the terrorists do not believe women should be educated or should have health care, or should leave their homes. We value the right to speak our minds; for the terrorists, free expression can be grounds for execution. We respect people of all faiths and welcome the free practice of all religions or sects of religions; our enemy wants to dictate how to think and how to worship according to their volition.

All of us here today understand this: We fight against evil.  Ours is a common campaign against evil.

The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack our faith. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and everyone that supports them.

It's a war against evil people who conduct crimes against innocent people irrespective of religions or sects of religions.

The face of terror is not the true faith of Bangladesh. That's not what Bangladesh is all about. We are peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and terrible violence.


The writer is an independent political analyst who writes on politics, political and human-centred figures, current and international affairs