Call to work unitedly to maintain communal harmony
Industry Minister Dilip Barua yesterday called on all to work together in order to maintain communal harmony and establish peace in the country.
“We want to establish such a society where people will not be harassed or humiliated for their religious identities,” he added.
The minister said this as the chief guest at the distribution ceremony of 57 Buddha statues among different monasteries and diamond jubilee of the birth anniversary of three Buddhist monks at the polo ground.
Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, Buddha Krishty Prachar Sangha President Suddhananda Mohathero, Chittagong College Principal Prof Md Abu Jafar Chowdhury and ADC (General) Ehsane Elahi were present at the programme as the special guests with Sangharaj from India Shambhodi Mohathero in the chair.
Three noble monks Shilananda Mohathero, Agrabangsha Mohathero and Ajitananda Mohathero were greeted at the function on their birth anniversary.
Dilip said the people of Buddhist community were involved in every democratic movement since the British era, while the Buddhist villages were the safe havens for the freedom fighters during the liberation war in 1971.
City Mayor Mohiuddin assured all to providing an all-out support for establishing a large Buddhist monastery in the port city.
Speakers at the programme urged the minister to help formulate a separate Buddhist Family Law for which they have been trying for long.
A total of 57 Buddha statues made by eight metals, including gold, iron, silver, lead, aluminium, silicon, zinc and copper, were donated by Dr Boncot Sithipol, a devotee woman of Thailand, for distribution among different monasteries.
Dr Boncot, who was a beautician in her early life in Thailand, later shifted to India and established an orphanage -- Shiddhartha United Social Welfare Mission -- at Shravasti in Uttar Pradesh, India.