Pluralism the strength of South-Asian region, says Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

PTI New Delhi | Updated on October 04, 2019

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said South Asian countries must move beyond the “majority-minority mindset” as pluralism was the strength of the region.

Speaking at a session of the India Economic Summit here, Hasina said Bangladesh continued to champion regional cooperation with groupings such as BIMSTEC, BBIM, BCIM and SAARC. “Establishing connectivity will give a door to us to cooperate with each other,” she said.

Hasina said in the past decade, there were many “lofty” regional ideas and initiatives with some succeeding while others failing to deliver.

“In the next decade, we should follow certain principles — first we must try to secure peace, stability and harmony for every individual across our societies. We must move beyond the majority-minority mindset. Pluralism has been the strength of South Asia,” she said.

The countries in the region should be able to celebrate South Asia’s diversity — regional, ethnic and linguistic — Hasina said.

“We must ensure that inequalities across societies do not widen,” she said, adding that wealth creation should be inclusive and reach the bottom strata.

Published on October 04, 2019

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