Vol. 5 Num 892 Thu. November 30, 2006  

Shahadat Chy pioneer of modern journalism
Speakers tell first death anniversary discussion

Speakers at a commemorative meeting yesterday paid tribute to eminent journalist and freedom fighter Shahadat Chowdhury, saying that he was a source of inspiration for all -- he inspired many people through his writings and intellectual leadership.

They said Shahadat Chowdhury was pioneer of modern journalism.

The speakers urged all to work together to materialise his dreams of making Bangladesh a secular, democratic and prosperous country for which he fought in the Liberation War and dedicated his life to journalism.

Shaptahik 2000, a weekly magazine he edited, organised the memorial meeting at the Liberation War Museum in the city to mark his first death anniversary.

Presiding over the meeting, Prof Serajul Islam Chowdhury said Shahadat was a man of versatility and he made his impression in various fields such as fine arts, literature, culture, politics and economy and all his works were constructive.

"We have owed our enlightenment to him," he added.

"Our collective dream of achieving our emancipation for which Shahadat fought in the Liberation War has been shattered as the personal ambition has driven out the collective dream," Prof Serajul Islam said.

Sultana Kamal, adviser to the caretaker government, said, "Shahadat fought in the Liberation War to materialise our dream of living with dignity."

He will be remembered forever as he became synonymous with the Liberation War, she added.

Writer and journalist Shahriar Kabir said that editing the weekly Bichitra is the greatest success of Shahadat as Bichitra was a milestone in the history of Bangla magazine.

Shahadat through the Bichitra upheld the spirit of Liberation War, he said.

"The Liberation war is the greatest achievement for Bangalees in 4,500 years and we must keep the achievement alive," he said. "And Shahadat will be the source of our inspiration in this regard."

The nation needs persons like Shahadat at this critical period of the country, said eminent artist Rafiqunnabi, adding that he could have given the right direction if he were alive today.

Mahfuz Anam, editor of The Daily Star, Shasha Mansur Chowdhury, elder daughter of Shahadat Chowdhury, Asaduzzaman Noor, Maj. Gen. (retd.) Amin Ahmed Chowdhury, Golam Mortuza, acting editor of Shaptahik 2000, Faridur Reza Sagar, managing director of Channel i, Nasiruddin Yusuf and Jewel Aich also spoke.

Sultana Kamal, adviser to the caretaker government, addresses a memorial meeting at the Liberation War Museum in the city yesterday to mark the first death anniversary of Shahadat Chowdhury. PHOTO: STAR