Baha'i communities in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka have received messages honoring the upcoming bicentenary of the birth of Baha'u'llah.
In a message dated 30 August 2017 to the Baha’is of Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe offered his greetings to the Baha’i community and praised it for “contributing tremendously towards the country’s goodwill and prosperity.”
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe (photo by Helene C. Stikkel, courtesy of the US Department of Defense, accessed through Wikimedia Commons)
A message from Asaduzzaman Noor, Bangladesh’s Minister of Cultural Affairs, to the Baha’i community.
“Baha’u’llah’s teachings on the oneness of the world of humanity and His call for a world embracing vision encapsulated in the phrase ‘the earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens’ are essential both for establishing national unity as well as promoting global understanding and peace,” wrote Joseph Kurup, a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in Malaysia.
Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister, Gopal Man Shrestha, addresses a letter to the Baha’i community there, writing, “I would like to offer my gratitude to the Baha’is for carrying out programs for the moral education of children and the spiritual empowerment of youth to create a sound a prosperous society.”
“I feel that the teachings of the Baha’i Faith like gender equality, an international language, universal education, harmony of science and religion, elimination of all forms of prejudices, world peace and unity are all necessary for the present-day society,” wrote Janardan Sharma, Nepal’s Minister for Home Affairs, in a letter to the Baha’is of Nepal.