Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the country’s Hindu community not to consider themselves a minority. Along with this, he said that this country belongs to all sections irrespective of caste, creed and religion because they had fought for the independence of the country against Pakistani forces in 1971. Speaking to prominent leaders of the Hindu community on the occasion of Janmashtami at her official residence Gano Bhawan here, Hasina said, ‘Why would you call yourself a minority? … There is nothing like minority and majority here.
Hasina said, ‘You should not consider yourself weak by considering yourself a minority… When you are the people of this country, then why are you doing this?’ He said that those who are born in this soil are the children of this soil and they have civil rights. Prime Minister Hasina said, ‘I want all of you to follow your respective religions properly.’ He also called for constant vigilance against any step that disturbs the religious harmony of the country and spreads propaganda against its progress. Hindus are the second largest religious community in Bangladesh after Muslims. After that there are Buddhists and Christians.
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