Political analyst, academician and writer Mizanur Rahman Shelley died of brain haemorrhage at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital on Monday. He was 76.
He was hospitalised on June 25. He had been suffering from kidney, heart, lung and brain diseases. He was shifted from a private hospital in Dhaka to BSMMU on August 10.
Social scientist and business leader Mizanur Rahman Shelley had been working as a well known international and national consultant in the fields of socio-economic development, information and public policy, training, education, institutions and public administration, for more than two decades.
He was a regular columnist of New Age. Under the title The Symphony of Our Times, Mizanur Rahman Shelley reflected on his time in England and the chain of events that followed since the birth of Bangladesh in 1971.
Mizanur was also a seasoned bureaucrat and served both in field and staff positions in the governments of Pakistan and Bangladesh. He was the director of the Department of Social Welfare. He also acted as chairman of The Bangladesh Times Trust.
Mizanur Rahman Shelley also had special knowledge and expertise in the field of education. He began his career as a teacher of political science at Dhaka University in 1964. He obtained his PhD in international politics from the University of London and he wrote his thesis on the emergence of Bangladesh as a sovereign state.
He also served as a technocrat minister in 1990 in the cabinet of HM Ershad.
Mizanur was also chairman of the Centre for Development Research, Bangladesh, chief advisor to the City University Dhaka, chairman of Premier Leasing International Ltd and chairman of Academic Press, Publishers and Library.
His books includes ‘Emergence of a New Nation in a Multipolar World: Bangladesh’, ‘The Ulysses Syndrome’, ‘Phoenix in Flight’, ‘Nire Fera’.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and National Democratic Party chairman Khandker Golam Mortaza and secretary general Md Manjur Hossain Isa expressed their deep shock at his death.
His namaz-e-janaja would be held today at Dormitory Jame Masjid on Dhaka’s Green Road after zuhr prayer. He will be buried at Azimpur graveyard.
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