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Monday, 03 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Politicians, journalists, and leaders of various professional bodies at a meeting on Saturday paid tribute to the late Bazlur Rahman, editor of the Daily Sangbad, urging materialisation of his dream of a secular, democratic Bangladesh.

The ‘Sangbad family’ organised the commemoration meeting at the National Press Club. Nihad Kabir, one of the directors of Sangbad, presided over the programme.

Staff Correspondent

Politicians, journalists, and leaders of various professional bodies at a meeting on Saturday paid tribute to the late Bazlur Rahman, editor of the Daily Sangbad, urging materialisation of his dream of a secular, democratic Bangladesh.

The ‘Sangbad family’ organised the commemoration meeting at the National Press Club. Nihad Kabir, one of the directors of Sangbad, presided over the programme.

The Gana Forum president, Kamal Hossain, said, ‘The 1960s is the most glorious part of our history. People of the time did politics for the welfare of the country and that is why we have achieved an independent state.’ ‘He [Bazlur Rahman] was a bright instance of that time.

We can honour him by materialising his dream of doing well for the common people,’ he said. Awami League presidium member Tofail Ahmed said, ‘Unflinching uprightness made Bazlur Rahman a great man and his death is a loss for the country.’

The BNP secretary general, Khandaker Delwar Hossain, said, ‘The work and life of Bazlur Rahman reflected his political ideology oriented towards the welfare of the people.’

The Communist Party of Bangladesh president, Monzurul Ahsan Khan, said, ‘If we want to carry forward the struggle for democracy, we need to learn from the life of Bazlur Rahman.’

The Workers Party president, Rashed Khan Menon, said, ‘Bazlur Rahman contributed to politics working behind the scene. And he made significant contribution to politics.’

The New Age editor, Nurul Kabir, said Bazlur Rahman would be remembered for his clear political understanding of journalism, which means journalism is never an ideology-neutral exercise.

‘For Bazlur Rahman, journalism was a means of countering cultural hegemony of the undemocratic polity and state, without which democratisation of society and state is impossible.’

The meeting was also addressed by the Press Club president, Shawkat Mahmud, Dhaka Union of Journalists president Altaf Mahmud, Ganatantri Party adviser Azizul Islam Khan, Mahila Parishad president Ayesha Khanom, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha chief editor Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury, Indep-endent editor Mahbubul Alam, Jugantor editor Golam Sarwar, News Today editor Reazuddin Ahmed, Samakal editor Abed Khan, Manabzamin editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, Bangladesh Observer editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Bangladesh Press Council chairman Kazi Ebadul Haque, former secretary Mofazzal Karim, former Bangladesh Bank governor Fara-shuddin Ahmed, former Bangla-desh Bank deputy governor Khon-dokar Ibrahim Khaled, Liberation War Museum trustee Sarwar Ali, Prothom Alo joint editor Abdul Kayum, cultural activists Nasiruddin Yusuff and Panna Kaiser and Sangbad publisher Altamash Kabir. Sandbad’s executive editor Manzurul Ahsan Bulbul red out a life sketch of Bazlur Rahman and Sangbad managing director Kahsem Humayun read out a condolence message.

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