Communalism is gradually spreading and Bangladesh needs a universal education system through which religious fanaticism can be fought and the new generation be taught secularism, said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday.
“Until we become able to keep religion away from our state affairs, there will be no escape from the gradual progression towards religious fundamentalism…There is no way to be self-contented,” he said.
He was addressing a discussion, “Bijaya Sommillion 2016”, organised by Bangladesh Supreme Court Ainjibi Somity Bijoya Punormiloni Parishad at the Shaheed Shofiur Rahman Auditorium of the Supreme Court.
“Religious zealotry is gradually gripping us. It's evident in our attire. We are moving away from our centuries-old culture,” said Mahbubey, adding that humanity was “true religion” and the state should create equal opportunities for all eliminating all kinds of disparity.
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said, “We're seeing, as the days are going by, (that) we're deviating from the spirit of the Liberation War.”
Communalism will turn out destructive for the country if its roots are not eliminated, he said, calling upon lawyers to turn away those who instil communalism in people.
Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission Principal Swami Dhruveshananda, Bangladesh Bar Council Vice Chairman advocate Abdul Baset Majumdar, Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association President Muhammad Yusuf Hussain Humayun and Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association Secretary AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon addressed the programme.