Shawkat Osman’s stance against autocratic establishments and rulers in his unique writings was evaluated by speakers at a seminar organised by Kathashilpi Shawkat Osman Smriti Parishad marking the writer’s 20th death anniversary.
Dhaka University Bangla department professors Dr Begum Akthar Kamal and Dr Syed Azizul Huq, comptroller and auditor general of Bangladesh Masud Ahmed, Kathashilpi Shawkat Osman Smriti Parishad general secretary Dr Rakibul Islam Litu and Osman’s youngest son Jean Nesar Osman were present as discussants at the seminar held at Bangladesh National Museum’s Sufia Kamal Auditorium on Monday.
Secretary of the museum Shawkat Nabi presided over the event.
Shawkat Osman protested against autocratic establishments of British and Pakistan periods and autocratic government of ‘80s in the independent Bangladesh. He also protested against the degeneration of culture, said speakers at the seminar.
‘Osman wrote with responsibility his whole life. He wrote protesting against anomalies of the British and Pakistan periods and autocratic government of ‘80s in independent Bangladesh,’ said Syed Azizul Huq.
When it was impossible to protest directly he wrote allegorically and he wrote four allegorical novels against the Pakistani rule like Kritadaser Hasi (1962), Samagam (1967), Chaurasandhi (1968), Raja Upakhyan (1971), Huq added.
While living in India, Osman wrote Patanga Pinjar (1983) against the autocratic rule after independence of Bangladesh. His also wrote about our glorious liberation war. His three novels such as Jahannam Haite Biday (1971), Dui Sainik (1973) and Nekre Aranya (1973) revolve around the war of 1971, he said.
‘Shawkat Osman always brought up indigenous culture in his works and spoke against the degeneration of culture,’ said Begum Akthar Kamal.
Osman in his novel Kritadaser Hasi protested at attempts by the ruling class to control freedom of expression.
Referring to some ads and programmes aired on different TV channels and articles published in newspapers Begum Akthar said, ‘Mass media is not representing our culture properly.’
Osman’s youngest son Jean Nesar Osman and his daughter-in-law Marin Naznin Shipa recalled their memories of Shawkat Osman. Besides, Masud Ahmed, who was a student of Shawkat Osman at Dhaka College, shared his memories of Shawkat Osman at the programme.
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