Dr Anisuzzaman’s life is a reflection of Bangladesh’s history, Anisul Haque says
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) on Monday organized a virtual memorial event for board member and National Professor Anisuzzaman.
Eminent citizens from home and abroad, as well as family members of Dr Anisuzzaman, attended the event.
Executive Director of CPD Dr Fahmida Khatun moderated the event. In her welcome speech, Fahmida said: “Professor Anisuzzaman’s contribution to the country is unparalleled. He took part in all major movements that helped Bangladesh achieve its own identity as a nation. With his passing, the country has lost a great patriot, a great teacher, and a fine intellectual in Bangla literature and culture.
“The CPD itself has lost a guardian and a leader, who steered CPD through his profound wisdom and progressive insights for many years,” she added.
CPD Board Member Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam said: “In every critical situation of the country, Dr Anisuzzaman took the lead. He risked his life several times to save the country.”
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain said Dr Anisauzzaman played a historical role in preparing the Bangla draft of the constitution.
Eminent writer Anisul Hoque said the death of Professor Anisuzzaman is a tragedy for the country and society. “Dr Anisuzzaman’s life is a reflection of Bangladesh’s history.”
Ananda Zaman, Dr Anisuzzaman’s son, said: “After the death of my father, I have found that a huge number of people are making phone calls to me and saying that my father was also more like their father. Interestingly, all of them are claiming that sir [Anisuzzaman] loved me the most.
“To my father, the general people, his students and friends were more important than us [his family],” he added.
Eminent economist and CPD Chairman Professor Rehman Sobhan presided over the program. In his speech Professor Rehman Sobhan said that Dr Anisuzzaman might not have had many assets in his life, but his main asset was to devote his life to being a teacher and scholar.
“Not all scholars are great teachers, because to be a good teacher, one has to surrender his life for his students and society. Anis was always available for his students. Even when he was seriously unwell, when some people asked him to preside or attend a meeting, he maintained humanity and decency.
“Anis was much more than a distinguished scholar. He was a born teacher and remained so throughout his life, where he inspired generations of students at Chittagong and Dhaka University, who remain enthralled with him as their mentor, guide, philosopher, and friend,” he added.
Professor Rehman Sobhan also said: “Anisuzzaman’s contribution to our society extended well beyond his academic domain. His path-breaking scholarship provided the intellectual foundations for constructing and understanding our national identity.
“So now, he has departed and we reflect him on his life,” the CPD Chairman further said.
National Professor Anisuzzaman breathed his last at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka on May 14. Test of samples taken from his body came back as Covid-19 positive.
The 83-year-old was admitted to the Universal Cardiac Hospital in Dhaka on April 27 with several complications before he was moved to the CMH on May 2.