State Minister for Information Dr Md Murad Hassan today said the brave Bangalees created a non-communal Bangladesh in 1971 under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by breaking the walls of two-nation theory.
"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, leader of the mass people, is working relentlessly to build a prosperous Bangladesh upholding this (scrapping two-nation theory) spirit and uniting the faiths of all religions' people," he said.
The state minister was speaking as the chief guest at the holy Kathina Chibar Dan festival (Yellow Robe Offering Ceremony) of Buddhists community and a reception programme at Kalachandpur in the capital organized by Pragyananda Buddhist Monastery this afternoon.
Recalling the previous history of Buddhists' religion in the subcontinent, he said, "This subcontinent was once famous (Lilabhumi) for Buddhism. There are about 500 Buddhist monasteries, including Charyapad, Paharpur and Mainamati Bihar, in this country."
He added: "Proper preservation and promotion of these acts will deepen relations with Buddhist countries as well as develop the country's tourism industry in days to come."
The state minister announced a Tk 10-lakh donation for the construction of a Buddhist Bihar.