University teachers, film activists, classmates and fellow journalists on Saturday remembered young journalist Faisal Rahman Kishwar who died recently of cardiac arrest at the age of 35.
The commemoration was held at the Press Institute of Bangladesh conference room, organised by Bangladesh Agricultural Journalists and Activists Federation.
The discussants, mostly from Jahangirnagar University where Kishwar studied English, recalled him as a man of versatile talent and exceptional character for his dedication to works and thoughts for the people.
Jahangirnagar University’s English department teacher Mashrur Shahid Hossain said that Kishwar always worked to break traditional thoughts. He stressed the need for preserving the works done by Kishwar.
Filmmaker Zaeed Aziz, who knew Kishwar for over 12 years, said that Kishwar was strongly biased towards doing his works involving others in groups and was very much dedicated about making films. Environmentalist Pavel Partha said that he knew Kishwar for his activism against cultivation of Bt Brinjal, the genetically modified crop.
He urged his fellows to strengthen movement discouraging Bt Brinjal and GM crops as homage to the deceased journalist.
Journalist Faruk Wasif said that Kishwar had successfully turned himself into an exceptional man through backing his thoughts with activities. Anti-GMO activist and farmer Delwar Jahan said that Kishwar wanted to protect and preserve seeds of local crops.
Theatre activist Samiun Jahan Dola recalled Kishwar’s involvement in student movements on JU campus.
Kishwar’s classmate Yasir Wardad Tonmoy said that his friend was politically conscious and his spirit would live on. BAJAF president Pulak Ghatak presided over the meeting.
Journalist Kishwar, a graduate of English from Jahangirnagar University, was an organiser of Chhabir Larai, a platform of left-leaning film activists.
His latest work on BT Brinjal documenting aggression of multinational corporations on agriculture received widespread appreciation.