Today is the 99th birth anniversary of late renowned educationist, philosopher, critic, writer and scholar of medieval Bengali literature Ahmed Sharif.
Sharif was a dedicated and fearless intellectual. He criticised any government that resorted to unjust and anti-people policies.
Ahmed Sharif, born in Patiya, Chattogram on February 13, 1921, completed masters in Bengali literature from Dhaka University in 1944.
He began his professional life as a lecturer of Bangla at Nawab Faizunnesa College in laksham. He also worked as a programme organiser at the Dhaka station of Radio Pakistan.
Sharif joined the Bangla department of Dhaka University on December 18, 1950 as a research assistant and later became a lecturer in the department.
He was awarded the PhD degree in 1967 from Dhaka University for his thesis on the Bangla medieval poet Syed Sultan. In 1972 he became a professor.
He served as the chairman of the Bangla department, dean of the faculty of arts, member of the syndicate, and president of the Teachers’ Association. After his retirement from Dhaka University after 33 years of service in June 1983, he was appointed Nazrul Professor at Chittagong University for two years.
Sharif started writing essays in the forties and continued to write until his death. He wrote on Bangladesh, Bengali society, and Bangla language and literature. His essays had been published in many books, which include Bichita Chinta (1968), Sahitya O Sangskrti Chinta (1969), Svadesh Anvesa (1970), Jibane Samaje Sahitye (1970), Pratyay O Pratyasha (1971), Yug Yantrana (1974) Kaler Darpane Svadesh (1985), Bangalir Chinta-Chetanar Bibartan Dhara (1987), Banglar Biplabi Patabhumi (1989), Bangladesher Sampratik Chalchitra (1990), Manabata O Ganamukti (1990), Bangla, Bangali O Bangalitva (1992), Pragatir Badha O Pantha (1994), E Shatake Amader Jibandharar Ruparekha (1994), Svadesh Chinta (1997) Jijvasa O Anvesha (1997), Bish Shatake Bangali (1998), Bishvasbad, Vijvanbad, and Yuktibad and Maulabad (2000).
He had received several awards including Bangla Academy Literary Award, Dawood Prize for Literature and Ekushey Padak.
He passed away on February 24, 1999.
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