The noted journalist and author received the Bangla Academy Award in 1995 for his contribution to Bangla literature
Noted author and columnist Syed Abul Maksud has passed away in Dhaka. He was 74.
He fell ill and fainted at home and was taken to Square Hospital Ltd at around 7:15pm on Tuesday, where doctors pronounced him dead, his son Syed Nasif Maksud confirmed.
He is survived by his wife, son, daughter and a host of well-wishers.
Abul Maksud was born on October 23, 1946 in Elachipur village under Shibaloy upazila in Manikganj.
Beginning his career as a journalist with the weekly Nobojug in 1964, Abul Maksud received the Bangla Academy Award in 1995 for his contributions to Bangla literature.
A noted human rights activist, Maksud wrote over 40 books in his lifetime.
He wrote at least two books each on Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani and Syed Waliullah.
His notable works include “Juddho O Manusher Murkhota” (1988), “Gandhi, Nehru and Noakhali” (2008), “Dhakae Buddhadeb Basu” (2011), and “Rabindranather Dharmatatwa O Darshan” (2012).
He joined the national news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) in 1971 and left the editorial section of the agency in 2008.
Maksud was the founding editor of the daily Suprabhat Bangladesh, published from Chittagong.
His observations on various social, political, cultural and economic issues at different times have appeared through his columns published in several newspapers.
Author Anisul Hoque in a column published on January 7, 2016 stated that Syed Abul Maksud had started wearing two pieces of white cloth without stitches as a protest at the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, under the false assumption of Iraq storing weapons of mass destruction.
Till his death, he kept up his protest.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina mourned his death on Tuesday, and offered their deepest condolences to his family.
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Information Minister Hasan Mahmud and BSS Board of Directors Chairman AAMS Arefin Siddique also offered their condolences, among others.