Country Desk
The country is marching efficiently toward realising the ideals and conscience of great woman Begum Rokeya through ensuring education, equal rights, dignity and socio-political empowerment of the women, reports BSS.
High officials and civil society members made the observations Sunday at a discussion organised on first day of the three-day observance programmes of Rokeya Day-2018 by district administration at her birthplace village Pairaband in Mithapukur upazila in Rangpur.
Divisional Commissioner Muhammad Joynul Bari inaugurated observance of the day with placing wreaths at Begum Rokeya Smritistambha and releasing pigeons in Pairaband village.
Later, wreaths were placed there by leaders of Begum Rokeya Smriti Sangshad, Sheikh Russell Smriti Sangshad, Begum Rokeya Degree College, Begum Rokeya Memorial Academy, Begum Rokeya Memorial Gils’ High School, Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Sangskritik Gosthi and many other organisations paying rich
tribute to Begum Rokeya.
A milad mahfil was arranged at Pairaband seeking divine blessings for departed soul of Begum Rokeya followed by blood donation, blood group tests, inauguration of three-day traditional `Rokeya Fair’, screening of documentary films and cultural function.
In the evening, the Divisional Commissioner attended the discussion as chief guest with Deputy Commissioner Enamul Habib in the chair.
Mithapukur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Mamunur Rashid delivered the welcome speech.
Deputy Inspector General for Rangpur Range Devdas Bhattacharya addressed the discussion as special guest.
Former Head of the Department of Bengali of Rangpur Begum Rokeya Government College Professor Mohammad Shah Alam presented the keynote essay on “Begum Rokeya’s Non-communal and Equity Thoughts” in the discussion.
Assistant Professor of the Department of Accounting and Information System of Begum Rokeya University Omar Faruk and General Secretary of Begum Rokeya Smritikendra Rafikul Islam Dulal participated as main discussants.
The discussants narrated the doctrine and
contribution of Begum Rokeya in advancing the womenfolk through spreading the knowledge of education to ensure their equal rights by eradicating gender disparity for sustainable national
advancement.
Omar Faruk stressed on disseminating the philosophy of Begum Rokeya to young generations, students and youths for realising her dream by ensuring modern science- and technology-based education for the women to ensure their empowerment.
The chief guest laid emphasis on establishing the philosophy, ideals, moral courage and teachings of Begum Rokeya in the present society to prevent discriminatory attitude toward the women, repression and violence against them.
He termed Begum Rokeya as a great social philosopher, national pride and idol of the women community and said that her ideals are still showing right pathway and direction to the modern society, generations, politicians and policy-makers.
“Bangladesh has already achieved laudable success and become a global role model by attaining desired success in empowerment of the women as dreamt by Begum Rokeya on way to accomplish sustainable development,” he said.