RAJSHAHI, April 9, 2018 (BSS)- Speakers at a discussion unanimously said maintaining social and political harmony is of paramount importance for the sake of institutionalization of democracy besides ensuring good governance everywhere in the society.
Responsive and positive role by all quarters including the political leaders has become indispensable for maintaining peace and social harmony for overall development of the nation.
For the sake of building the country as peaceful motherland, all conscious, patriotic and peace-loving people should come forward and work together.
The observation came in a “Regional Peace Ambassadors Meeting” at Cookie Jar restaurant in the city yesterday afternoon.
The Hunger Project Bangladesh (THPB) under its ‘Strengthening Political Landscape (SPL) project’ organised the meeting in association with Democracy International, USAID and UKAID.
THPB Country Director Dr Badiul Alam Mazumder addressed the meeting as focal person. Naohata Pourasava Mayor Mokbul Hossain, Paba Upazila Vice-chairman Ashraful Haque and local Awami League leaders Narifa Begum, Advocate Abdus Samad and Saiful Islam Badsha, BNP leader Fazlur Rahman and Jatiya Party leader Enamul Haque also spoke.
Dr Mazumder said the nation would get rid of conflicts and confusion if the people of the society as well as the state machineries took a positive approach to establish peace and amity from their own position.
He said all sorts of violence, crimes and other anomalies in the society could be reduced to a greater extent through maintaining social and communal harmony everywhere.
Political parties, professional leaders, development workers, influential persons and people in general should work together, he added.
Various other issues like communal harmony, right to information for creating awareness, prevention of violence against women and quality improvement in primary education were discussed elaborately in the meeting.
The meeting said enriching youths’ leadership along with their capacity building is the precondition to generate job opportunities, social development and free the society from gender discrimination and freeing the young generation from drugs addiction.
Taking part in the discussion, members of Peace Pressure Group (PPG) and Peace Facilitators Group (PFG) expressed their commitment to establish peaceful coexistence and social harmony in their respective area.
To this end, importance will be given on prevention of electoral and political violence, upholding of social and communal cohesion and harmony and ensuring of human dignity, mutual respect and pluralistic society.