Due to the education system, there are more fanatics than religious people: Hanif
Awami League joint general secretary and MP Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif has identified five reasons behind communalism in Bangladesh. The reasons are the limitations of the education system, the political use of religion, the decline in the practice of folk culture, the lack of government control over social media and the erosion of people’s moral values. He said that due to the education system of the country, there are more fanatics than religious people.
Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif took part in a roundtable discussion at the CIRDAP auditorium in the capital on Thursday afternoon, outlining the five reasons behind communalism. An organization called ‘Gaurab 71’ organized the discussion titled ‘What we should do to prevent communalism and militancy’.
Awami League leader Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, who took part in the roundtable discussion as the chief negotiator, said there are more fanatics than religious people in the country. The main reason for this is the education system. Failure to enlighten the nation in the light of education will lead to bigotry, that is normal and that is what is happening. History says that politics was the main cause of communal conflict everywhere including India and Bangladesh. Religion is still being used for political reasons. Another major cause of communalism is the decline in the practice of folk culture. Waz mahfil has taken its place. Another big reason is Facebook or social media. Through these, tensions and clashes are being created in the country due to various posts. One of the reasons for communalism is the deviation of people from justice, honesty and minimum values.
MP Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif said, “When a person is enlightened in the light of education, superstition is removed from his mind. We blame a certain education system at different times for the incidents of communal conflict in independent Bangladesh. Madrasa teachers force students from poor families to implement political programs. If the madrasa education system is communal, it is not. The curriculum should be changed by making this education up-to-date. Most of Waz’s speakers are politically motivated and obscene. Waz mahfil is being used as a tool to make people religious rather than religious.
Hanif said, ‘It is very important to have social media filtering. To run Facebook, you have to register in different countries of the world and the government monitors it. From here they will do business worth hundreds of crores of rupees, and as a victim of that business there will be communal conflicts in our country, but they cannot be controlled, such a system cannot be allowed to continue. We request the concerned authorities to take necessary legal steps to control Facebook. With the departure from justice, honesty and minimum values, ambition has also engulfed people. We all want to own huge resources overnight by any means. Some people may be able to do it, but most people who are not able to be corrupt are going into despair. This frustration is leading people to bigotry. ‘
Calling on the government to pay attention to these issues, Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif said, “We should focus on awakening people’s sense of ethics and development of human resources.” A state cannot go far if our human resources continue to be destroyed. ‘
Participating in the roundtable discussion as a special guest, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Muhammad Samad called for keeping the state and religion separate in Bangladesh. He said, “The countries of Europe and America that have separated the state from religion are advanced in knowledge, science and technology. On the other hand, looking at the Middle East, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, it is seen that killing, violence, etc. are happening here because religion cannot be separated from the state. The more religion is associated with the state, the more the conspiracy will grow. We have to go to the grassroots and the affected areas, we have to study. ‘
Kajal Debnath, vice-president of the Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council, said there had been communal attacks in different parts of the country at different times, citing injuries to religious sentiments. Kushilabad’s performance in these incidents of the same weak screenplay is also raw. Without resisting, the administration provoked the Comilla incident. In the case of the rescue of the Qur’an Sharif, a policeman let it live, the police were in the role of hero. No one from the administration could come within three hours of the riots in Noakhali.
Former IGP AKM Shahidul Haque alleged that the Awami League was compromising in various places. He said the Awami League has compromises in every sector from grassroots to high level. They cannot move forward without the great political force behind the communal forces.
The roundtable discussion was chaired by Gaurab 71 President Monirul Islam and conducted by General Secretary FM Shaheen. Among others, former Supreme Court Justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik, Awami League Deputy Secretary for Publicity and Publication Aminul Islam Leader Jahangir Alam, Juba League vice-president Kohli Quddus, Chhatra League organizing secretary Barikul Islam and others spoke.