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Build non-communal Bangladesh with Nazrul’s ideals: President

DHAKA, May 25, 2017 (BSS) - President M Abdul Hamid has urged all to forget differences and work together to build an exploitation-free and non-communal "Sonar Bangla" being imbued with the spirit and ideals of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

"Nazrul was not merely a humanitarian poet . . . He was strongly vocal against imperialism, colonialism, feudalism, capitalism, fanaticism, communalism, conservatism, regionalism, localism, dogmatism, exploitation and repression," the President said while addressing a discussion marking Nazrul's 118th birth anniversary.

Paying rich tribute to the memories of national poet Nazrul, President Hamid said Nazrul was the only litterateur who had realized that communalism was the greatest problem in this sub-continent and he fought his whole life against it.

Nazrul was a great humanitarian poet who tried to break the man-made artificial wall of differences through his poems and songs, the President described, adding that the poet also explored the themes of love, romance and devotion uniting the people of all religions including Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and Christian, different castes and professions across the globe.

Abdul Hamid said as poet of equity and humanitarian, Nazrul's literary works including poems, songs, stories and novels created instances of secular nationalism in the society.

Calling Nazrul a poet of inspiration for the Bengali nation, the President said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman regarded Nazrul as the pioneer of the historic of Bengal and took "Joy Bangla" slogan from his (poet) inspiration that subsequently became the prime slogan during the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh.

"The memories and relations of Nazrul are very closely related to the soil, people, nature, history and heritages of the country and Bangabandhu took him along with his family members to the soil of Bangladesh showing due respect to him in 1972," he mentioned.

President Hamid categorically said the thoughts of Nazrul can promote us in all spares of our life, giving pathways to build a prosperous Bangladesh, which would be free from communalism, militancy and terrorism.

He said it has become our responsibility to reach the lifestyle, literary works, thoughts and spirit of Nazrul to the new generation.

The President hoped that one day Nazrul's dream of establishing a repression-free, happy and prosperous society will be materialized.

Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor presided over the programme followed by a cultural function.

The authorities concerned also presented a volume of Nazrul's complete literary works to the President.

Cultural Affairs Secretary Md Ibraheem Hosein Khan and Nazrul Institute Trustee Board Chairman Professor Emeritus Rafiqul Islam, Prof Soumitra Shekhor and poet's granddaughter Khilkhil Kazi also spoke.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)