Vol. 5 Num 557 Tue. December 20, 2005  

'Greed for power hinders nat'l progress'

Politicians' greed for power has held back the progress of the country, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.

They said the dreams of the Liberation War were also not fulfilled due to petty

party politics.

The roundtable on 'Rise of fundamentalism, obstacles to cultural advancement, present scenario and our future' was organised by Banglar Mukh, a socio-cultural organisation, at the National Press Club in the city.

The speakers said the dream of establishing a secular state was destroyed long ago with the declaration of Islam as a state religion.

The process is still on to turn the country into a fundamentalist state through recent militant activities, they added.

President of Dhaka University Teachers' Association Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique called for a ban on religion-based politics.

Noted cultural personality Aly Zaker said the successors of Bangabandhu devoid of his ideas.

Ramendu Majumdar, another cultural personality, said a secular person is not an atheist.

Former diplomat Waliur Rahman, former Vice-chancellor of Dhaka University Prof AK Azad Chowdhury, Editor-in-Charge of Bhorer Kagoj Shyamol Dutta, Asma Kibria, wife of slain AL leader SAMS Kibria, noted lyricist Shahidullah Farayizi and former student leader Subhash Singha Roy also spoke.