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‘Secularism in the constitution of B’desh never conflicts Islam’ – PM Hasina

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said “secularism in the constitution of Bangladesh never conflicts Islam… and it would be better to not say such things in the Parliament”, in reply to Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) lawmaker Harunur Rashid who claimed “there is no mention of secularism in the Quran… it conflicts Islam”.

Responding to this, Hasina said: “Of course, there is a clear direction on secularism. In the Quran – ‘La’kum Dinukum Waliyadin’ means everybody has the right to follow their own belief and religion and s/he will follow his religion.”

Hasina made the remarks on Saturday during her concluding speech of the 13th session and the budget session of the parliament.

Before the concluding remarks of the Prime Minister, Rashid criticised the existence of secularism in the constitution of Bangladesh by claiming there was no mention of secularism in the Quran.

The BNP lawmaker also said that keeping secularism in the constitution is conflicting for the Muslim majority country.

Referring to his statement, Hasina said: “The honourable member of the Parliament has said that there is no mention of secularism in the Quran. I would like to mention here, obviously, something mentioned in the Quran, to respect other religions. Whereas, the Prophet said to be respectful and patient towards others, who are from different cultures and religions. The Prophet taught this. We have been told in the Quran that Islam is a religion of peace. Islam gives dignity to all religions.”

“He will express his opinion. It really comes down to secularism. No matter how much he (MP Harunur Rashid) denies, the way he explains. That is the reality. It has been going on for ages,” she said.

HinduPost  comment : In the neighbourood of Bharat, no country is neutral towards a religion or ideology. We have seen the example of Bangladesh in the news above, where Islam is practically state religion, although formally Bangladesh is a secular republic. This position has been afirmed by its Supreme Court too.

In Nepal’s secular constitution, we see that Hindu Dharma and Buddhism find themselves privileged and conversions as well as killing cows is banned by law. In Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Myanmar, they have their own preferred religion which is prioritised over others. In China, communism has practically replaced religion and is the only allowed ideology.

Bharat is thus an outlier where majority religion is penalised for appeasement of minorities. Hindus should deliberate over these facts and come to an agreement on the future course of action.

(The story has been published via a syndicated feed with inputs from HinduPost team .)

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