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Harmony rally held in capital

  • DU Correspondent
  • 26 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Sampritee Bangladesh, a platform of citizens working to promote secularism in the country, organised a harmony rally in the capital on Monday, protesting the attempts to destroy communal harmony in the country.

The rally was held on the Central Shaheed Minar premises with the participation of more than 80 non-communal organisations that believe in the spirit of the Liberation War. 

Pijush Bandyopadhyay, convener of Sampritee Bangladesh, presided over the rally while its member secretary Prof Mamun Al Mahtab (Swapnil) presented the welcome speech.

Leaders and activists of various socio-cultural organisations joined the rally with banner festoons. Everyone opined to build a non-communal Bangladesh.

Pijush Bandyopadhyay said, “This country is the country of Liberation War; this country is the country of Bangabandhu; this country belongs to Bengalis and the people of all religions.”

“In recent times, the anti-liberation communal fundamentalist groups have conspired to destroy our thousand-year-old culture and committed some misdeeds,” said convener of Sampritee Bangladesh.

He also said, “There will be no communal force in the country. We will break the venomous teeth of communal forces from the country.”

Dhaka University (DU) Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman said that whenever there is an evil force, there should be protest and resistance.

Terming the recent communal incidents as political communalism, Prof Akhtaruzzaman said, “There are many forms of communalism. But it seems to me that this is a political communalism. Therefore, all those political forces who believe in non-communal and humanitarian consciousness must come to one stage.”

Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artist Manoranjan Ghoshal said, “It is not a calculated, pre-planned sabotage. It is a conspiracy against Bangladesh, against freedom fighters, against freedom movement and against the present government.”

Asif Munier Tanmoy, President of Projonmo Ekattor, said, “To uphold the four principles of the Constitution, the anti-liberation forces must be resisted politically as well as socially and culturally.”

 “We have heard that efforts will be made to expedite the legal process of the recent incidents. We will keep looking at that.”

Terming the recent communal attacks as sad and reprehensible, the General Secretary of DU Teachers' Association (DUTA) Prof Nizamul Hoque Bhuiyan said, “Those, who are involved in these heinous acts should be brought to justice through a special tribunal.”

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) DU unit President Sonjit Chandra Das said, “If anyone wants to turn this country into Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iraq, we will deal with them on the streets.”

Bangladesh Muktijuddha Mancha General Secretary Al Mamun said, “Those, who are trying to destroy the communal harmony that was achieved through sacrifice of lives during the liberation war, should know that  if needed we'll also shed fresh blood to defeat the defeated forces of 1971 and Pakistan's ally BNP-Jamaat.”

At the rally, the organisations placed a 7-point demand which include: ensuring strict punishment for those involved in the recent incidents, speedy trial of the past incidents, administration should be more alert to prevent further incidents, taking measures for speedy repair of damaged houses and places of worship, including human values and tolerance in the education system including liberation war, Bangabandhu and Bengali nationalism, to take appropriate steps to involve the youth in the practice of traditional Bengali culture, to take effective measures to stop rumours and incitement through social media.