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Two Nobel laureates join hands for peace

Nobel laureate Prof. Amartya Sen greets Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohammad Yunus at a reception in Dhaka on Monday.

Nobel laureate Prof. Amartya Sen greets Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohammad Yunus at a reception in Dhaka on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Photo: AP



Intolerance a major factor in conflicts, we must end it: Amartya Sen

Dhaka: Two Bangla-speaking Nobel laureates, India's Amartya Sen and Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, on Monday came together to emphasise the need for protecting peace and ending intolerance.

"Intolerance" was the major factor in the conflict-torn world, Prof. Sen, 1998 Economics Nobel winner, said at a reception hosted here by residents of Bangladesh's central Manikganj district, his ancestral home.

"The world today witnesses different types of conflicts. One of the major factors of these conflicts is intolerance the attitude not to tolerate each other," Prof. Sen said.Gradually "we must put in our efforts to explore ways to end the phenomenon." He urged all people to use their conscience so that religions could not be used to destroy peace and harmony.

Relief in Bangladesh

Mr. Yunus, this year's Nobel peace prize winner, referred to the end of a long political standoff in election-bound Bangladesh. "After protracted uncertainty, we have now heaved a sigh of relief as all the parties have agreed to join the [general] polls." But the "relief" could last only till the January 22 elections, unless people of all parties, "youth in particular," joined hands to protect peace in the post-poll period promising to confirm "fair polling" in their areas and certify the elections as "free and fair." Mr. Yunus became the first Bangladeshi to receive the Nobel prize for his experiment with poor men's banking that earned this country the repute of being the home of micro-credit.

Other than Prof. Sen and Mr. Yunus, the only Bengali-speaking person to win a Nobel was Rabindranath Tagore. PTI

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