B’ Desh PM Sheikh Hasina Receives Honorary DLitt degree at Kazi Nazrul University

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh is being built imbued with the non-communal spirit of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. She was speaking at a special convocation after receiving Doctor of Literature (DLitt) degree from the Kai Nazrul University at Asansol in Paschim Bardhaman district on May 26 on the 119 birth anniversary of the Indian-Bangladeshi poet, writer and musician. He was born in Asansol and declared National Poet of Bangladesh. He passed away at Dhaka after prolonged illness in 1976 .He has been laid to rest in the premises of Dhaka University which played a pivotal role in according recognition to Bengali as a language and in the freedom movement. .”Nazrul was motivated by non-communal spirit. So, we’re building Bangladesh with this non-communal spirit. Non-communal spirit is reflected in our principle and ideology where people, irrespective of their race and religion, will enjoy equal rights,” she said.”So, we hope you’ll work with the same (non-communal) spirit,” she said pointing at fresh graduates at the convocation ceremony of Kazi Nazrul University (KNU). She said Nazrul’s spirit will remain for ages as source of inspiration for people to work for the welfare of the human being. Talking about this region, Hasina said, “In case of all development plans, we are not thinking for only Bangladesh rather this subcontinent. We want to make this subcontinent a developed and prosperous one freeing it from poverty and hunger.””Many problems we’ve already solved. But we’ll have to think mostly for the welfare of people, rather than the problems,” she added. Referring to Rohingya, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh has provided shelter to 1.1 million Rohingyas on humanitarian ground. “We want a quick solution to the crisis. We want that our young generation will be protected from clash, conflict, terrorism, militancy and drugs.”Expressing gratitude to the university authorities for conferring this honorary degree, she dedicated the honour to the people of Bangladesh and all Bengalis. Sheikh Hasina recalled the resemblances between the characters of poet Nazrul Islam and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. “One person was a poet of literature, while another was a political poet,”She said. Nazrul was born in India, but he is the national poet of Bangladesh. His poems were sources of inspiration during the 1971 Liberation War. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought poet Nazrul to Dhaka after the Liberation War. Bangabandhu also awarded citizenship to the great poet and declared him as the National Poet of Bangladesh. Though Kazi Nazrul Islam was born in Churulia village, the poet roamed around the whole Bangla. He spent his time with people in many places in Bangladesh, she said. West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee also spoke on the occasion, while Vice Chancellor of the Kazi Nazrul University Dr Sadhana Chakravarty delivered the welcome speech.(inputs from bdnews24. Com)

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