Gyan Tapash Abdur Razzak Foundation organized a seminar titled ‘Shamaj e Budhhijibir Daye’ at the Abdul Karim Shahittyabisharad auditorium of Bangla Academy on 27th October. The seminar was the last of the series under the name ‘Gunijon er Baktritramala’. The honorable speakers included National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman, eminent author Professor Dr Hasan Azizul Huq, editor of ‘Kali O Kalam’ Abul Hasnat and Director general of the foundation Dr Ahrar Ahmad.
The seminar began with a brief introductory speech by Dr Ahrar Ahmad who thanked the guests for attending the programme and also thanked the audience for their enthusiasm. The next speech was delivered by Editor of ‘Kali O Kalam’ Abul Hasnat who at first paid respect to Abdur Razzak who was famous for enriching the world of teaching and politics with his deep knowledge and intellect. He was not just a teacher for bookish texts; he was also one of those few persons who was remembered by everyone who met him at least once because of the way he spoke. He spoke with honesty, dignity and politeness and made his students eager to know more. Speaking about Hasan Azizul Huq he said,” Hasan Azizul Huq has been enlightening Bengali literature for decades with his unique stories and characters. His contribution to the world of short stories and novels is beyond our feeble limitations to measure. As a mere reader, I can only say that I cannot judge this prolific writer, I can only speak of his prominence.”
He further stated that in the 60s when Hasan Azizul Huq appeared as an author, democracy had to place in the country and there was no freedom for press. Those struggles and battles against the authority during that time are reflected in Hasan Azizul Huq’s writings. He witnessed the waves of change that the society went through and wrote them for readers to understand and feel.
Hasan Azizul Huq spoke at the seminar about the rise of the middle-class as the society’s leading decision makers. He said, “The middle-class are large in number but the educated ones have become stuck in a whirlwind of day to day battle to survive with bare necessities. We easily say that ‘buddhijibi’ is intellectual or English but in no way it is the right translation. The closest could be ‘intelligentsia’ which also holds a whole new different meaning.” The distinguished professor ended his speech by stating, “Someone once told me that so Jibanananda Das never spoke at a public gathering, neither did he write daily columns so according to your definition, he’s not an intellectual? He may have teased me with his words but it is true that the future writers with Jibanananda Das’s spirit need to be protected and supported by us. So that when the time comes, we can be held accountable.”
The other series under ‘Gunijon er baktritamala’ was held in 2017 and 2018 which upheld several issues such as Liberation war of Bangladesh, The identity of Muslims in Bengal and more.
The writer is working with Bangladesh Post