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Recipients of Independence Award 2018

Update : 26 Mar 2018, 01:11 AM

Selina Hossain (Literature)

One of the pioneer female writers in Bangladesh, Selina’s work is focused on contemporary social and political crises, as well as the life of the struggling masses. Her novel “Hangor Nodi Grenade (The Shark, the River, and the Grenade)” brilliantly portrays the effects of a ravaging war on simple, rural men and women of southern Bangladesh in 1971. Selina also won the Bangla Academy Award in 1980 and Aloal Puroshkar in 1981. She currently serves as a director of Bangla Academy.

Mohammad Abdul Mazid (Food security)

Dr Mazid is a contractor-consultant agronomist working in the HarvestPlus program of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), researching the production of biofortified high zinc rice for efficacy study in Bangladesh in association with ETH Zurich, Switzerland and School of Public Health of Brac University at ICDDR,B in Dhaka.

AK Azad Khan (Social service)

A research group in BIRDEM under Dr Azad’s tutelage during the 90s gained attracted national and international reputation for good quality research in biomedical sciences. Azad has more than 106 scientific publications in reputed national and international journals and has also contributed to the content in five medical science textbooks.

AKMD Ahsan Ali (Medicine)

Dr Ahsan’s highest achievement is integration of TB and leprosy with general health services. He pioneered the introduction of “directly observed treatment short course” for TB treatment and MDT to treat leprosy. Ahsan has been treating TB patients for more than half a century. During the Liberation War, he treated many wounded freedom fighters in his private chamber in Dhaka.

Shykh Seraj (Agricultural journalism)

Seraj’s agriculture show “Mati O Manush (Men and Soil),” which has been aired by BTV since 1982, features investigative documentaries and points out solutions to various agricultural issues. In 1999, he became director of news at Channel i. In 2004, Seraj started a new program on Channel i named “Hridoye Mati O Manush (Soil and Men in Heart)” based on the format of his BTV show.

Asaduzzaman Noor (Culture)

The incumbent cultural affairs minister of Bangladesh is also a veteran theatre, TV and film actor who has been active since 1973. He got involved in politics since 1962 and actively took part in the Liberation War. As an actor, he appeared in a number of critically acclaimed and popular productions.

Amzadul Haq (Independence and Liberation War)

Amzad was the press attaché in the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi when the Liberation War broke out. On April 6, he along with another Bangali diplomat KM Shehabuddin defected and pledged allegiance to Bangladesh. With them began the glorious journey of Bangladeshi diplomats. Many termed it as “opening the diplomatic front of the Liberation War.”

Zahurul Haq (Independence and Liberation War) – posthumous

Zahurul was a sergeant in the Pakistan Air Force and was one of the 35 accused in the Agartala Conspiracy Case in 1968. He was killed in custody and his death led to the 1969 uprising in East Pakistan.

Quazi Zakir Hasan (Independence and Liberation War) – posthumous

Zakir fought during the war under Sector 6 in Lalmonirhat in 1971. He lost his right leg during a battle against Pakistani military force. After independence, he joined Bangladesh Betar as a scriptwriter, eventually becoming the chief scriptwriter.

SMA Rashidul Hasan (Independence and Liberation War) – posthumous

Rashidul was an academic and a martyred intellectual. He was a lecturer at Dhaka University and was killed by the Pakistan Army for his connections with freedom fighters.

Shankar Govinda Chowdhury (Independence and Liberation War) – posthumous

Shankar is regarded as one of the most successful politicians in the country. He was elected as MP twice and municipality chairman three times. In 1975, he was elected as a governor.

Air Vice Marshal Sultan Mahmud, Bir Uttam (Independence and Liberation War)

Sultan was an officer of Pakistan Air Force. During the war, he escaped from Pakistan and entered Bangladesh via Sri Lanka. He fought under Sectors 1 and 2 before taking up the role of a Bangladesh Air Force pilot during the war.

M Abdur Rahim (Independence and Liberation War) – posthumous

Rahim was a member of the legal aid committee on the Agartala Conspiracy Case. He was assigned as a chairman of the Liberation War West Zone by the Mujibnagar government. He also played an important role as a member of the constitution drafting committee.

Bhupati Bhushan Chowdhury (Independence and Liberation War) – posthumous

Bhupati, also known as Manik Chowdhury, played a vital role in creating public opinion in favour of the Six-Point Program in 1966. He was one of the accused in the Agartala Conspiracy Case. He was present at the meeting between Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with then Pakistan president Yahya Khan in Dhaka in March 1971. He also maintained liaison with the Indian government during the war.

Lt Mohammad Anwarul Azim (Independence and Liberation War) – posthumous

Anwar was a lieutenant in the Pakistan Army before he left and joined the North Bengal Sugar Mill as general manager. He provided aid to a lot of freedom fighters during the Liberation War. He was killed by the Pakistan Army two months into the war for his association with freedom fighters.

Humayun Rashid Chowdhury (Independence and Liberation War) – posthumous

Humayun joined the Pakistan Foreign Service in 1953. After the war broke out in 1971, he defected to the provisional government of Bangladesh and negotiated the recognition of Bangladesh as a sovereign country with over 40 countries. On Victory Day in 1971, he addressed the Indian parliament on behalf of the Bangladeshi people. He became the first Bangladeshi ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany in 1972.

Amanullah Mohammad Asaduzzaman (Independence and Liberation War) – posthumous

He was a student activist during the political turmoil in the 60s and worked under the tutelage of Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani.

Motiur Rahman Mallik (Independence and Liberation War) – posthumous

Matiur was a Bangali national activist who played a significant role during the 1969 uprising, the prelude to the Liberation War in 1971. He was killed by the Pakistani police during the 1969 uprising.
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