Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressing a views-exchange meeting with Buddhist religious leaders and distinguished persons of the community at her official residence Ganobhaban on Sunday.
Dhaka, May 6 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said Myanmar should take lessons from Bangladesh on running a country keeping communal harmony unharmed.
"I think Myanmar should take lessons how to run a country by keeping religious harmony intact," she said.
The Prime Minister was addressing a views-exchange meeting with Buddhist religious leaders and distinguished persons of the community on the occasion of the Buddha Purnima at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Sheikh Hasina said a person belonging to any religion has the right to be there on the soil where he or she was born. "That person's rights need to be preserved, that person needs to get all sorts of facilities from the government," she said.
Talking about sheltering Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds in Bangladesh, the Prime Minister said the government has also ensured their security. "We’ve ensured there’ll be no clash and anarchy among them …," she added.
Hasina also said Bangladesh has not engaged in any conflict with Myanmar over the issue as it continued its efforts to resolve the problem through dialogue. "As a result, Bangladesh was acclaimed by all across the world," she said.
Recalling the horrific days of the BNP-Jamaat 2001-2006 regime when people from all religions came under attacks, she said the present government does not want that type of environment in the country. "We want there’ll be a peaceful environment in the country," she said.
The Prime Minister said the BNP-Jamaat clique tortured people of all religions during their regime and even no religious institution got spared from their attack. "They (BNP-Jamaat) didn’t spare anyone from any religion from their torture," she said.
Mentioning that no religion supports inter-religious violence and anarchy, she said the creation of a non-violent environment is the main teaching of Lord Buddha.
Sheikh Hasina said people of all religions, including Islam, Hindu, Buddhism and Christianity, fought shoulder to shoulder during the Liberation War in 1971 to live here in peace. "Now, the government wants to see the people to live together in harmony and brotherhood as secularism was made one of the basic principles of the country after the independence," she said.
She said the government has been working to protect the rights of all irrespective of their caste, creed and religion for maintaining social equality in every sphere of life. "This land is yours, you’ll live here with your own rights. You’ve to think about the country with your own rights," she said.
Mentioning that Bangladesh has long longer been in the group of LDCs as it has already been recognised as a developing country, the Prime Minister sought cooperation of all, including the Buddhist community, to establish it as a poverty -and hunger -free middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041.
Chaired by Religious Affairs Minister Principal Matior Rahman, the function was addressed, among others, by State Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing, Vice-Chairman of the Buddhist Welfare Trust Shupto Bhushan Barua, Deputy Office Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League Barrister Biplab Barua, Buddhist Sangha Nayak Suddhananda Mahathero, Upo Sangha Raj Satyapriyo Mohathero, Joint Secretary General of Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad Uttam Kumar Barua, Dean of the European School of Law in London and Bangladesh Supreme Court lawyer Prashanta Bhushon Barua.
Trustee of the Buddhist Religious Welfare Trust Dayal Kumar Barua delivered the welcome address.
Earlier, the Buddhist religious leaders greeted the Prime Minister by presenting bouquets to her.
Vice-Chairman of the Buddhist Welfare Trust Shupto Bhushan Barua presented a statue of the Lord Buddha to the Prime Minister, while Director of Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital and Joint Secretary General of Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad Uttam Kumar Barua handed over an oil painting on Bangabandhu to Hasina.
On behalf of the trust, Dayal Kumar Barua handed over a cheque for Tk 5 lakh to the Prime Minister for her relief and welfare fund to help the forcibly displaced Rohingya people.