Madhu’s sculpture broken partially, repaired

Obaidur Rahman Sohan | Published: 00:48, Dec 04,2020


An ear of the bust sculpture of Madhusudan Dey, popularly known as Modhu, installed besides Dhaka University’s Madhu’s Canteen, was found cut off early Thursday amid the protest against sculptures by some Islamist groups in the country.

After having been informed, the university authority immediately repaired the broken part of the sculpture, Dhaka University proctor AKM Golam Rabbani told New Age.

‘The authorities are trying to find out whether it was unintentional or there was an agenda behind the damage caused to the bust,’ he said. 

The proctor said that the law enforcement agencies were informed about the incident and were now investigating the matter.

The sculpture is located on the premises of Madhu’s Canteen, which has a long history of student politics as many progressive movements before and after the country’s independence were centered on it. 

As the hub of student leaders and activists, Madhur Canteen has also played a central role in the pre-independence upheavals. Madhu Sudan Dey was killed by the Pakistani army during the military crackdown on the fateful night of March 26, 1971.

The damage to Madhu’s sculpture came at a time when the government move to install a sculpture of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the capital is facing opposition from different Islamist groups including Hefajat-e-Islam Bangladesh.

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