Vol. 5 Num 1023 Wed. April 18, 2007  

Roads renamed after Abul Mansur Ahmad, Toaha

Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday formally unveiled the plaques marking the renaming of two roads at Dhanmondi as 'Abul Mansur Ahmad Sarak' and 'Language Movement Veteran Toaha Sarak'.

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) renamed the Road No. 12 A after Abul Mansur Ahmad, a renowned litterateur, journalist and statesman of the sub-continent, and the Road No. 9 A after language movement veteran Mohammad Toaha.

Speaking on the occasion, the mayor highlighted the revolutionary roles of eminent litterateur, politician and journalist Abul Mansur Ahmad and language movement veteran Mohammad Toaha in upholding the national interest.

"Renaming of the road is nothing but a small tribute to the memory of Abul Mansur Ahmad who made an enormous contribution to independence struggle, the creation of Bangladesh and the advancement of literature and culture," Khoka said as the chief guest.

He said Abul Mansur Ahmad was the foremost satirist of Bangla literature and the author of historic 21-point programme of Jukta Front. His struggle to uphold the interest of Bangalees and contribution to independence is unforgettable, the mayor noted.

"Abul Mansur Ahmad made unparalleled contribution to literature and culture. He was also a great social reformer and a true democrat," the mayor said.

Speaking on the occasion, Mahfuz Anam, son of Abul Mansur Ahmad and the editor and publisher of The Daily Star, expressed his gratitude to the DCC for giving a belated recognition to this outstanding figure in literature, politics and journalism in the sub-continent.

Abul Mansur Ahmad's other sons Matlub Anam and Manzur Anam, their wives and close relatives were also present at the programme.

Inaugurating the other plaque of Language Movement Veteran Toaha Sarak, Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka said Toaha was a revolutionary leader whose ideology inspired the Bangalees to stand up as a nation.

Toaha's relatives, civil society members and DCC officials were also present at the programme.

Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka unveils a plaque marking the renaming of Road 12 A at Dhanmondi as 'Abul Mansur Ahmad Sarak' yesterday. On his left are Matlub Anam, Manzur Anam and Mahfuz Anam, the three surviving sons of Abul Mansur Ahmad, a renowned litterateur, journalist and statesman of the sub-continent. PHOTO: STAR