Religious Tolerance & Bangladesh

Over the last couple of years, I was reading so many stories and news articles on the growing religious fanaticism in my native Bangladesh. I was very worried and I still am. So much so that last year I wrote a post expressing my concern on this issue. Despite the fact that I am an American, I still can't ignore the danger that is looming in the horizon because of growing religious intolerance and unnecessary bloodshed. Be it in Bangladesh or any part of the world. In the 21st century, we are no less than a citizen of the world. So basically whatever happens to one of the most populous Muslim countries will definitely affect all of us some way or the other.

There is no doubt that I feel for my ancestral roots and any bad news coming from that part of the world affects me and my family. So, out of all the negative stuff that I find in online about Bangladesh, one particular news grabbed my attention which most probably would never become the headline. Here is the story.

As the Muslims all around the world are observing the holy month of Ramadan, few Buddhist monks (Bhikkhu) in Bangladesh at the capital Dhaka are distributing food for Iftar among those (500 individuals) who are fasting. Even more fascinating news is, individuals from another religious group (Hindu) are also extending their hands to help out these Monks. These monks are doing the same thing for the last 6 years during the month of Ramadan. What an amazing story! This is absolutely amazing and inspiring at the same time. This is perhaps one of the finest examples of religious tolerance and brotherhood. Stories like these melts my heart with pure love and joy. After a very long time, I got to know such a story that almost brought tears to my eyes. I can tell you upfront, this is the kind of "Bangladesh" I want to see. A country that flourishes on religious diversity and accepts people from every religious and ethnic background.


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