Ranesh Maitra, a language movement veteran, freedom fighter, and Ekushey Padak-winning journalist, passed away while undergoing treatment at a city hospital on Monday. He was 90.
He breathed his last at 3:47 am at Popular Hospital in the capital.
In separate messages of condolence, they prayed for the salvation of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
Maitra, also a reputed author, left behind his wife, Purabi Maitra, two sons, three daughters, and scores of well-wishers to mourn his death.
Born on October 4, 1933, in Nowhata village of Rajshahi district, Maitra started his career as a journalist in 1951, joining the weekly ‘Nawbelal’ published from Sylhet.
Ranesh Maitra was one of the front-line organisers of the language movement in 1952. In the same year, he was elected the president of the district unit of the Chhatra Union.
He was one of the founders of the National Awami Party (NAP) as well as an organiser of Tanti Adhikar Andolan, and the farmhands’ movement in Ghughudaha and Beel Kurania.
Maitra served as Pabna correspondent for reputed dailies like The Daily Morning News, Daily Observer, The New Nation, and The Daily Star.
Since 2001, he voluntarily retired and wrote columns as a freelance journalist.
Maitra is the author of more than a dozen books, including ‘Attojiboni’, ‘Adhar Ghochano Bangabandhu’ and ‘Bangladesh Kon Pothe’.
In 2018, he was awarded Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award given by the government of Bangladesh, for his immense contribution to journalism.
Recently, Ranesh Maitra won the ‘Bashundhara Media Award’ for his special contribution to journalism.