Living in Harmony: Dawoodi Bohras of Bangladesh Call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

This story was reported by The Daily Star, Dhaka Tribune, The Business Post

Members of the Dawoodi Bohra community in Bangladesh met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in Dhaka on July 1. 

During the meeting, the delegation congratulated her on her re-election for a fifth term and acknowledged her role in fostering communal harmony and socio-economic development in the country.

The delegation presented the Prime Minister with flowers, a handmade portrait of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and books about the Dawoodi Bohra community and its leader, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin

During the talks, they recalled historic visits to Bangladesh by leaders of the Bohra community, Syedna Taher Saifuddin in 1959 and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin in 1992 respectively. 

The delegation discussed the community’s efforts for women’s empowerment, as guided by their leader, where women are encouraged to pursue education and careers alongside their familial responsibilities. The Prime Minister was invited to visit the Dawoodi Bohra community complex in Dhaka, to which she expressed her interest.

Despite a busy schedule, Prime Minister Hasina made time to meet with the delegation and engage in conversation with them. Following the meeting, the Principal Secretary Tofazzel Hossain invited the delegation for tea. 

During the meeting, the Prime Minister took the opportunity to promote the message of communal harmony in Bangladesh. She said national progress is incumbent on the fact that all communities live harmoniously with each other. 

Community members presenting the Prime Minister with a handmade portrait of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Community members presenting the Prime Minister with a handmade portrait of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

The Dawoodi Bohras in Bangladesh have called it home for over a century. Mostly migrants from Western India, nearly 200 families have settled for trade and commerce in centres such as Dhaka, Chattogram (Chittagong) and the Khulna province, where they have developed and flourished over the years.

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July 3, 2024
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