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‘The Unfinished Memoirs’ an invaluable historic document

Say discussants at literary conference

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 7 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Terming ‘The Unfinished Memoirs’, an autobiography of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, an invaluable historic document, panelists at the South Asian Online Literary Conference have said its literary value is immense.

They came up with the remarks at a discussion titled “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s ‘The Unfinished Memoirs’: Looking Back at History” in the second half of the inaugural day of the conference on Wednesday.

Sahitya Akademi of India and Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature organised the conference.

Liberation War Museum trustee, publisher and researcher Mofidul Hoque, researcher and translator Prof Dr Fakrul Alam and chief coordinator of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury participated in the discussion.

In their analysis, the speakers said the book is undoubtedly a basic and reliable source to know the dynamics of pre-partition and post-partition society and politics of this region.

It is also a valuable book for readers and researchers in the context of many historic events and objective analysis of history, they said.

The speakers said ‘The Unfinished Memoirs’ is relevant not only to Bangladesh but also to the whole of South Asia. According to them, this is a must-read book for the new generation to know the history of this region accurately.

The book depicts the discriminatory attitude and overall deception of Pakistani politicians.

The discussants also shed light on the contents of the book, the period and the flow of events behind the composition.

President of Sahitya Akademi of India Dr Chandrashekhar Kambar was the chief guest while President of SAARC Writers and Literary Foundation Ajit Kaur delivered the keynote speech in the inaugural session of the four-day online conference where writers, researchers and intellectuals of SAARC countries are taking part.