Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock at the death of the Ekushey Padak winner
Renowned journalist, dramatist and poet Rafiqul Haque, popularly known as ‘Dadubhai’, died on Sunday. He was 85.
The Ekushey Padak winner, who had been suffering from old-age complications, breathed his last at his own residence in Mugda, Dhaka at 11 am, said his family.
The feature editor of Daily Jugantor had returned to his workplace after surviving Covid-19 last year. However, he was completely bedridden for the past six months due to his old-age complications.
He left behind his wife, two sons and one daughter and many well-wishers to mourn his death.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Haque, known for his excellent rhymes.
In a condolence message, she prayed for the eternal peace of his departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to his bereaved family.
Several cabinet members and different social, political and cultural organizations have also mourned his death.
Haque was born on January 8 in 1937 in the Kamal Kachna area of Rangpur.
He was the initiator of a children's page called "Chander Hat," published in the Daily Purbodesh, from which he had received the title of "Dadubhai."
Haque served as the Executive Editor of the Dainik Rupali, the Dainik Janata, and worked in several important positions in the Dainik Azad, the Dainik Lal Sabuj, The Bangladesh Observer and his last workplace, the Daily Jugantor during his distinguished career.
From 1976 until 1983, he was the acting editor of the Kishore Bangla, the Indian subcontinent's only weekly newspaper dedicated to children.
In 2019, Haque received the Bangla Academy Award and the Bangladesh Children's Academy Award for his significant contribution to Bengali children's literature.
He received numerous prizes including the Agrani Bank Children's Literature Award, Chandrabati Academy Award, and All India Children's Literature Award.