DHAKA - President Md. Abdul Hamid today underscored the need for promoting democratic values and non-communal spirit to free the country from communalism, superstition, terrorism and militancy.
"Autocracy and rise of militancy hampered our development and advancement many times. Communalism, superstition, terrorism and militancy are still hindering the country's democratic march. Democratic values and non-communal spirit have to be promoted to be free from those," he said.
The President was addressing the '28th Mahboobullah Award' distributing ceremony organized by Begum Zebunnessa and Kazi Mahboobullah Janakalyan Trust at the Shilpakala Academy in the city.
Abdul Hamid said the flourishing of humanity has to take place in education, literature and culture. Various social service-oriented organizations have to come forward in this regard apart from the government, he said, adding that only then good sense will flourish in the society which will help to build a good and human society.
The President said people live through their work, and it is work that makes people immortal and added that the extension of mind is needed apart from human spirit in this regard.
"There are many wealthy persons in our society. They don't have shortage of money. They lead lavish life. I will urge them to contribute to social development including the expansion of education in their respective areas being responsible to the country and the nation," he added.
"Come forward to serve the distressed people and contribute to developing the living standard of the poor by arranging sources of income for them. Then people of your area will remember you and your contribution," he said.
President Hamid said real happiness can come through dedication in the welfare of the humanity. Help of any individual is needed behind the rise of a person in life, he said.
Prof Dr Syed Manzoorul Islam (literature), Rafiqun Nabi (Fine Arts), Bangladesh Agricultural University (Science-Agriculture) and Sultana Kamal (lifetime achievement) were honoured with awards in the programme.
Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, Begum Zebunnessa and Kazi Mahbubullah Janakalyan Trust chairman Zobaida Mahbub Latif and member of the trust Prof Kazi Shahidullah also spoke on the occasion.