Sampriti Bangladesh has come up with seven proposals, including a speedy trial of the attackers to prevent communalism, in a harmony rally held at the central Shaheed Minar in the capital on Sunday.
Around 80 non-communal organizations believing in the spirit of the liberation war have expressed their solidarity at the event.
Convener of Sampriti Bangladesh Pijush Bandyopadhyay presided over the event while the member secretary of the organization Prof Dr Mamun Al Mahtab Swapnil delivered the welcome speech. Leaders and activists of various socio-cultural organizations joined the rally with banner festoons, with a promise to build a non-communal Bangladesh.
President of the ‘South Asian People's Conference Against Militancy and Communalism’ Justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik, Secretary General of ‘Sector Commanders Forum’ Harun Habib, Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Prof Dr Sharfuddin Ahmed, general secretary of ‘Ekattorer Ghatok Dalal Nirmul Committee’ Nuzhat Chowdhury, President of Projonmo-71 Asif Munir Tonmoy and others spoke at the event.
General Secretary of Muktijuddha Mancha Al Mamun, Chairman of Bangladesh Islamic Oikkojot Maulana Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury and others spoke at the event.
Speakers at the rally said, "We are concerned about the recent conspiratorial activities in different parts of the country to destroy the spirit of the liberation war and the non-communal values. The frightening situation of insecurity that has arisen is nothing but an attempt to destroy the spirit of the liberation war, Bangabandhu's ideology, independence and sovereignty.”
The speakers further said that planned conspiracies and blows have been going on since 1975 to destroy the culture of harmony of thousands of years. It will be difficult to protect the democratic and humanitarian future of the country if the repeated rise of communal and fundamentalist forces in Bangladesh cannot be stopped.
So, today the country needs a united resistance of progressive forces. At the same time, it is very important to convey the holy message of harmony to every house. The heroic martyrs sacrificed for a non-communal Bangladesh. So that the blood of the martyrs does not go in vain, all the well-wishers should be united like in 1971.
At the meeting, seven proposals were presented to the government. It said those involved in the recent incidents should be punished severely. At the same time, the past events have to be judged quickly. The administration needs to be more proactive in stopping the ruin of communal harmony. At the same time, the damaged houses and places of worship need to be renovated. They also demanded the inclusion of human values and tolerance in the education system including the war of liberation, Bangabandhu and Bengali nationalism. Initiatives should be taken to involve the youth in the culture of Bengal. It was demanded that effective measures be taken to stop rumors and incitement through social media.
Ekattar Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, Sector Commanders Forum, Dhaka University Teachers Association, Projonmo Ekattor, Udichi, Ramkrishna Mission, Bangabandhu Parishad, Jatiya Kabita Parishad, Dhaka Journalists Union, Bangladesh Islamic Oikkojot, Sri Sri Bardeswari Kalimata Mandir, Bangladesh Baptist Church Association, Dhaka University Alumni Association and 80 others organization took part in the rally.