An irreparable loss to the nation

16 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The news of death of National Professor Anisuzzaman brings a sense of personal loss to millions of his countrymen. This is because of his guardian-like personality.He had always guided the nation with his wise counsel and contributed to build an enlightened society free from bigotry and fundamentalism. A scholar and leading intellectual of the country, who took part and led a number of cultural movements to change the society, breathed his last due to age-old ailments at Dhaka CMH on Thursday. He was 83 years old at the time of his death.

Dr Anisuzzaman was a decorated educationist. He taught at both Dhaka University and Chittagong University on various occasions. He received different prizes, including Ekushey Padak, Bangla Academy Literary Award and Indian government's third highest civilian prize Padma Bhushan Award. He was one of the 17 intellectuals who protested the Pakistani government’s move to limit broadcasting Tagore songs on radio and television in 1967. They collected signatures for a petition and published it in several newspapers. He actively participated in the mass upheaval of 1969 and the Liberation War of 1971. He was also a member of the Kudrat-E-Khuda Education Commission in 1972.

One of the very first publications on language movement: 'Rastrabhasha: Ki o Keno' was written by Dr Anisuzzaman.  His writings on our national identity and educational, religious, historical, and social reconstruction are considered a treasure trove by book lovers and academics. Recalling memories of her days at Dhaka University as a student, the Prime Minister said, “I was in the tutorial group of sir.” was an exceptional man in many ways. As a liberal person, Professor Anisuzzaman had the virtues of tolerance and commitment. He had a style of writing where we can find scholarship, liveliness and ideas. His autobiography is full of valuable social, political, cultural and historical scholarship. He was not only a very committed teacher but also a tireless researcher of Bengali culture, language and literature. According to his admirers, he used to love everyone who went to meet him and received everyone with warmth. The demise of Professor Anisuzzaman is an irreparable loss.