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Mahatma Gandhi, Bangabandhu worked for world peace
Speakers at a discussion said that both Mahatma Gandhi and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman worked for world peace, humanity and equality in their respective ways throughout their political lives.
Their political ideologies mostly reflected their belief in humanity, rights of the neglected and repressed communities of their countries, they said.
These comments were issued at a seminar on ‘Contribution of Mahatma Gandhi and Bangabandhu in Establishing World Peace,’ organized by Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, a forum which campaigns for secular Bangladesh and holding trial of war criminals, at the National Museum auditorium in the city, marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Speaking as the chief guest, liberation war affairs minister Mozammel Haque said, ‘I have not seen Mahatma Gandhi but heard about his glorious political life and achievements in establishing the ideology of humanity worldwide.’
He was among the top leaders who were instrumental in forcing the British to leave the Indian-subcontinent through his ‘Quit India’ movement, he said.
Bangabandhu took lessons from Mahatma Gandhi’s political ideology and applied them in his political life, the minister said adding that Bangabandhu achieved success by organizing a non-violent movement during the Pakistan period.
The political leaders responsible for the historical changes also contributed to peace, humanity and equality and among them Mohatma Gandhi and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman occupy the highest echelon, said Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee president Shahriar Kabir in his welcome speech.
The name of Mahatma Gandhi is not merely tied to the liberation movement of India, he is an idol revered by leaders around the world, said executive editor of Daily Janakantha Swadesh Roy while presenting the keynote paper.
Non-cooperation movement and nonviolent movement are two interconnected ideas that informed Mahatma Gandhi’s political life and ideology, said Dhaka University professor Muntasir Mamun.
National Professor Anisuzzaman, who chaired the event, said that Bangabandhu was following the path of non-violence till his historic speech on 7th March. Faced with the continuous violence and oppression by the Pakistan junta, he was compelled to ask his followers to build resistance issuing a call to arms.
Bangabandhu always adopted non-violence as a way of life and as a consequence he was given the Julio-Kuri Award in 1973 by World Peace Council, he said.
Among others who spoke on the occasion included former vice-chancellor of Patna University, India Ramjee Singh, Gandhi Peace Foundation general secretary Chandan Paul and Bangla Academy president Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan.