Belal Muntasir
Martyred intellectual Dr Alim Chowdhury’s daughter, Dr Nuzhat Chowdhury has demanded a change in the definition of freedom fighters, with adding those intellectuals, brutally killed on December 14, 1971.
“We would be happy if the government adds their names,” she said while talking to Bangladesh Post on Thursday.
Pen-soldier, voice-soldier and heroine of 1971 were enlisted, so why not the intellectual superhero?
“Obviously, they fought for the country by all means, didn’t they?” she tagged a question.
Dr Nuzhat Chowdhury also said, the country has set a legendary instance by executing trial of notorious war criminals.
But she believes that the trial needs continuity until all the victims get justice, as it is their fundamental right as citizens of an independent country.
If even a single person is deprived of justice, the trial of the notorious criminals would not be completed actually, Nuzhat asserted.
We think there are still many intellectual families and relatives, who bear woe in their broken hearts in missing their beloved persons, she added.
They want justice and survival for justice, she further added.
She urged the new generation to know the history of the sacrifices made by the liberation war superheros and to uphold the spirit of the freedom fight.
“The best way to recognize the martyred intellectuals is to know about them and uphold their ideologies for establishing a progressive Bangladesh,” she said.
Dr Nuzhat said there is a lack of research and academic contents on the lives and works of the martyred intellectuals in the country, which became independent in exchange of their blood.
She recalled the day in 1971, quoting her mother, when the local collaborators –members of Al-Badr and Al Shams — including Maulana Mannan, founder of the Daily Inqilab, picked up her father.
“A mud-coloured private car arrived in front of our house. Maulana Mannan was our neighbour. He asked my father to go outside with some boys in the name of treatment of a patient. Father went with them.”
“Later, we came to know that they killed my father along with other intellectuals in Rayer Bazar area,” Nuzhat said.
Nuzhat also mentioned that a group of Bangladeshis still believes in the ideology of Pakistan, which is a big shame for the nation.
“Every family should teach their children about the history of the glorious independence movement, which began through the partition of the Indian subcontinent,” she opined.
She also urged the policymakers to include the stories of the intellectual superheros in academic curriculum to unite the young generation.