Today is the 120th birth anniversary of the renowned litterateur, journalist and politician of the sub-continent Abul Mansur Ahmad.
He was born at Dhanikhola village in Trishal Thana of Mymensingh.
Abul Mansur Ahmad made his name as a satirist in Bangla literature. He is also considered as a trailblazer of journalism in the pre-partition Bengal. He was the editor of Dainik Ittehad in 1946, a daily published from Kolkata.
He also worked in other newspapers, such as Krisak and Navayug. He was a leading figure of modern and progressive journalism.
An accomplished politician, Abul Mansur Ahmad served the Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haque-led United Front government as the provincial education minister.
During 1956-57, he was the central commerce and industry minister of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy’s cabinet. His dedication to the welfare of East Pakistan, particularly his contribution to the initiating of the industrialisation of this area, is well recognised.
In his literary oeuvre, he produced famous books like Aina, Asmani Purdah, Gulliverer Safarnama, Food Conference, and Bangladesher Culture. His autobiographical works include Atma Katha (about myself) and Amar Dekha Rajnitir Panchash Bachar (50 years of politics as I saw it).
Abul Mansur Ahmad had an incomparable role in struggling for and promoting secularism during the 40s, 50s and 60s. He was a leading figure in organising the opposition movement in the early period of Pakistan. He was one of the frontline leaders of Awami League.
Since the early 40s, he had been writing on the language question, and played a crucial role in the Language Movement as the editor of Ittehad. He drafted the 21-point programme of United Front in the 1954 elections. It was the earliest political articulation of the political, economic and cultural demands of the Bengalis of East Pakistan. In that election, Muslim League was ousted from power.
He was imprisoned several times during the late 50s and early 60s due to his political activism.
Abul Mansur Ahmad died on March 18, 1979 in Dhaka.
On the occasion of his birth anniversary, a memorial programme is going to be held on September 8 at Abdul Karim Sahityabisarad Auditorium of Bangla Academy at 4:00pm, a release said.
It said that Abul Mansur Ahmad Smriti Parishad will organise some other programmes marking the day.
All are requested to join the programme.
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