Fight against religious fundamentalism, orthodoxy, fanaticism, for a social change to establish right of the oppressed people of diverse cultures, philosophies of and religions.
Support the poor and oppressed,
poor people to stand up and demand the establishment of their rights,
struggle for justice and equality,advocating peace with justice,
human rights and non-violence
The heart of a Bengalee, his mind,
All the brothers and sisters in a Bengalee household
Be one, be one, be one, oh Lord.
--from Selected Songs of Rabindranath Tagore
Bengali is a language of the poor, but it is far from a poor language. In very few places in the world are words celebrated with more vigour than in Bengal. This intense Bengali cultural phenomenon is largely ignored by the world.
"From many points of view, Bangladesh may be one of the poorest nations on the face of the earth, but I can tell you from folklorist's perspective, it is clearly one of the richest... There are folk arts and crafts which could be exported all over the world,"(Prof. Alan Dundes, University of California)
Traditionally this country lived with harmony to nature which reflects in ancient boul, Murshidi, Jari, Bhatiali songs. Bangladesh has developed over the centuries an excellent social situation based on humanism and secular thought - a very modern trend of social advancement Europe had known during the renaissance.
Mainly four streams mingled in this social thought process - tribal anthropomorphism, Buddhist nihilism, Hindu vaiishnavism and Muslim sufism. These four historical forces plus the various local mystic cults of different obscure religious sects which cast and class distinction and autocratic establishment prompted ancient Bangladesh to develop with the hopes fought relentlessly against religious fundamentalism, orthodoxy, fanatism, crude and aspirations of the common men and their philosophy synthesis. Social dynamics of rural Bangladesh is rooted in this cultural synthesis and religious tolerance. In the 16th Century Bangladesh was the first and only country in the world that introduced religion freedom and during this time the country flourished at its highest peak.
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow
Where words come out from the depth of the truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary
desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
Today the sun has fallen asleep behind the dark
And Keya the rain-flower dreams by the water
What yong maiden on the still wet branches of
Open small petals speechless for ecstasy?
Village Rain, Jasim Uddin
Jasimuddin - Poet of the people of Bangladesh-
A film by Khan Ata 1978