Jadu Mia played pivotal role in transition to democracy after 1975: discussants

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Mashiur Rahman Jadu Miah Jatiya Smriti Committee host a discussion to mark the 36th death anniversary of the politician at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Thursday. — New Age photo

Mashiur Rahman Jadu Miah Jatiya Smriti Committee host a discussion to mark the 36th death anniversary of the politician at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Thursday. — New Age photo

Politicians and academics on Thursday said the late veteran politician Mashiur Rahman Jadu Miah one of those who initiated the process of transformation into democratic system from military rule after the political changeover in 1975.
They also noted that the country now needed politicians like Jadu Mia to overcome the ongoing political crisis.
Addressing a roundtable discussion marking the 36th anniversary of death of Mashiur Rahman Jadu Miah, former minister and former chairman of Bangladesh National Awami Party, they also said Jadu Mia, a left-leaning politician, was instrumental in giving birth to the philosophy of the Bangladeshi nationalist politics in Bangladesh under the leadership of former president Ziaur Rahman.
Mashiur Rahman Jadu Mia National Memorial Committee organised the discussion meeting at National Press Club in the city with poet Abu Saleh in the chair.
The committee members also offered prayers by the graveside of Jadu Miah at 10:30am.
‘Jadu Mia would understand the pulse of people unlike the politicians of today,’ former president and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury told the discussion meeting as chief guest.
The former president said had Jadu Mia been alive today he would build up resistance against ongoing arson attacks as well as against indiscriminate extrajudicial killings.
‘He was a man with an excellent sense of humour,’ he said.
Dhaka University’s former professor Mahbub Ullah, journalist Mahfuz Ullah, Professor Gazi Abdul Haque, former BNP lawmaker Zahir Uddin Swapan and several student leaders spoke on the occasion.
Swapan said Jadu was instrumental in giving birth to the politics of Bangladeshi nationalism in Bangladesh.
Born in the then Rangpur in 1924, Jadu Miah died on March 12, 1979 mysteriously when he was a senior minister with the rank and status of a prime minister in charge of the ministry of railways, roads and highways of Bangladesh.
Jadu Mia was an elected member of National Council of Pakistan in 1962 and led the council as deputy leader of the opposition.
He was arrested in 1963 for his involvement in the anti-government movement. Before the liberation war of 1971, Jadu Miah formally declared Bangladesh’s independence and called for forming an all-party government at a public gathering at Paltan Maidan on March 23.

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