Desk Report:Today marks the 39th death anniversary of renowned writer, journalist, lawyer and politician Abul Mansur Ahmad.
To commemorate his death anniversary, a discussion programme titled “Abul Mansur Ahmader Khoje: Buddhadeb Basur Shathe Torker Sutra Dhore” will be held jointly by Abul Mansur Ahmad Memorial Trust and Gyantapash Abdur Razzaq Foundation at the Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium (Faculty of Social Science, University of Dhaka) at 4pm on March 23. It will be chaired by Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman. Researcher Mohammad Azam will present the keynote speech while essayist Hayat Mamud and researcher Morshed Shafiul Hasan will also be present on the occasion.
Also, on April 21, 2018, the Cultural Studies School of Humanities and Abul Mansur Ahmad Memorial Trust will organize an international seminar at the Centre for Language Translation of the Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata.
Abul Mansur Ahmad is one of the best satirists of Bengali literature. He also had an illustrious career as a journalist. In 1946, he served as the editor of daily “Ittehad”, which was published from Kolkata. He also worked at the newspapers “Krishak” and “Nabajug”.
An immensely successful politician, Abul Mansur Ahmad was the provincial Education Minister of Sher-e-Bangla AK Falzul Haq’s United Front government. He also served as the Industry and Commerce Minister of the central government led by Prime Minister Hossain Shahid Suhrawardy in 1957.
Abul Mansur Ahmad’s role in the initial days of the pro-Bengali movement in Pakistan was extremely important. He was one of the forefront leaders of Awami League.
Among his famous satirical novels, “Aina”, “Asmani Purdah”, “Gulliverer Safar Nama” and “Food Conference” are notable. He also wrote about Bengal’s societal and political history and landscape. Two of his autobiographies are “Atma Katha” and “Amar Dekha Rajnitir Panchash Bachar”