He said, “We must be aware and remain united. Nothing will last for long in this country. We can keep democracy sufficiently effective if we can wage the struggle properly.”

Addressing the youth, Abdullah Abu Sayeed said, no great creation is possible if there is no democracy. Autocracy is knocking at the door of almost all the countries. A few power-mongers have always established autocracy to ensure their personal pleasures and luxury and a higher standard of life. The general people always remained oppressed and waged a struggle for democracy, he added.

Addressing the programme The Hunger Project’s global vice president, country director and secretary of civic body Sushashoner Janya Nagorik (SUJAN) Badiul Alam Majumder said Bangladesh has achieved a lot of advancement in the last 50 years. But we have to cross a long way to make Bangladesh a developed, prosperous, secular, peaceful and friendly country as was envisioned by the freedom fighters.

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Robert Dickson, addressing the programme, highlighted the successes Bangladesh achieved in 50 years.

He said a big achievement is get out of the bracket of LDC (Least Developed Country). Bangladesh is a role model for the developing countries. The coming decades are very important for Bangladesh to be a middle income country. The issues of democracy, human rights, secularism are very important for Bangladesh. The youth will play a vital role in taking the country ahead, he added.

Prothom Alo’s joint editor Sohrab Hassan said those who have been running the country are going against the aspirations of the people. We have to remain well not through satisfying personal gratification, but by ensuring welfare of all.

He hoped the youth would be more active in building a country based on love and equality.

Director of Inclusive Community and Arts of British Council, Shahnaz Karim said Bangladesh has to focus on building a strong democratic system for sustainable development. The country has to work in the fields of free and fair elections, independent judiciary, and ensuring human rights and free press.