Renowned journalist, dramatist and noted rhymester Rafiqul Haque, popularly known as ‘Dadubhai’, died of different old-age complications at his residence in the city’s Mugda area on Sunday. He was 84.
The feature editor of the Daily Jugantor had returned to his workplace after surviving Covid-19 last year. However, he was completely bedridden for the past six months due to his old-age complications.
In a condolence message, the Prime Minister also prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Rafiqul Haque was laid to eternal rest at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard following his two namaz-e-janazas in the capital. He was born on January 8, 1937 in Rangpur’s Kamalkachna village. Rafiqul Haque was the initiator of a children’s page named ‘Chander Hat’, published in the daily Purbodesh, from where he got the title of ‘Dadubhai’.
Haque served as the Executive Editor of Dainik Rupali, Dainik Janata, and worked in several important positions in Dainik Azad, Dainik Lal Sabuj, and The Bangladesh Observer in his distinguished career. The eminent child organiser was the acting editor of Kishore Bangla, the Indian subcontinent’s only weekly newspaper dedicated to children, from 1976 until 1983.
Rafiqul Haque Dadubhai obtained the Bangla Academy Award and the Bangladesh Children’s Academy Award in 2009 for his outstanding contribution to Bengali children’s literature.
Besides, he received Agrani Bank Shishu Sahitya Puroskar, Chandraboti Academy Award, Nikhil Bharat Shishu Sahitya Puroskar and many other awards and honours.