Tuesday, 19 October, 2021

Durga Puja

Let good prevail over evil

Let good prevail over evil

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Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community, began across the country yesterday amid much festivity and religious fervour. On the auspicious occasion, we express our heartiest congratulations to the followers of the Sanatana Dharma. Our Constitution ensures equal rights of the people of all castes, creeds and religions. So, members of the majority community should whole-heartedly extend their hands of cooperation towards their Hindu brothers and sisters so that they can celebrate the great event in a peaceful atmosphere.

As per Hindu mythology, Goddess Durga symbolises the divine forces against the negative forces of evil and wickedness. She protects the entire mankind from evil powers and safeguards them. However, lots of evil forces exist in our society. We should take a vow to fight against them unitedly.

Traditionally, Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony. People here celebrate all religious festivals together being imbued with the motto ‘religion for individuals, festival for all.’ Marking the Durgotshob, family members, relatives, friends, and neighbours irrespective of religion get together in puja mandaps. In that sense, Durga Puja is not only a religious festival of Hindus only; rather it has turned into a universal festival. It plays an important role in creating unity and mutual harmony among the countrymen.

Despite being a religious event of a community, the autumn festival is very much attached to the traditional heritage and culture of the country and has a universal appeal for social peace and harmony. Being members of the majority community, Muslims are therefore duty-bound to help peaceful observance of the festival. They should remain ever vigilant so that the bigots do not dare to harm them by creating untoward incidents. Members of the law-enforcement agencies have also taken all-out security measures in and around puja mandaps across the country to ensure peaceful celebration of Puja. In such an atmosphere, Hindus can enthusiastically celebrate Durga Puja without inhibiting any suspicion in their minds. But, in view of the coronavirus pandemic, they should celebrate the puja by maintaining the health guidelines and social distancing norm.

We once again wish peace and happiness for our Hindu brothers and sisters.