Vol. 5 Num 1104 Mon. July 09, 2007  

Mahbub Anam's sixth death anniversary today
Today is the sixth death anniversary of eminent journalist and author Mahbub Anam, former editor of the now-defunct Bangladesh Times, says a press release.

In a distinguished career as a journalist, he also served as a senior executive of the then Pakistan Observer, senior vice-president of Bangladesh Editors' Council and was actively involved with Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad, Bangladesh Press Council and Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha Porichalona Board.

For his contribution to journalism, he received Swadhinata Padak, Sher-e-Bangla Gold Medal, Moulana Akram Khan Gold Medal, Kaloddhani Padak and Tribhuj Gold Medal.

Besides, during his long and successful professional career, Mahbub Anam also served as the general manager of Jamuna Oil Company and director of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation.

He was actively involved in politics from his student life. In addition to being the general secretary of Salimullah Muslim Hall of Dhaka University in 1954-55, he was appointed acting publication secretary of the Jukta Front on behalf of the Awami League in 1954.

Mahbub Anam actively took part in the Language Movement in 1952. He was jailed several times for his role in the movement as general secretary of Tamaddun Majlish, Mymensingh unit, joint secretary of Rashtrabhasha Sangram Parishad and general secretary of Salimullah Muslim Hall.

In recognition of his contribution to the Language Movement, he was awarded 'Bhasha Andoloner Bir Sainik Padak' by President Ziaur Rahman and Matribhasha Padak (posthumously) by Tamaddun Majlish.

Mahbub Anam authored a number of books on the cultural and political identity of Bangladesh, including 'Amra Bangladeshi Amra Bangali' and 'Itihasher Shikriti Banam Bikriti'. He also served as the president of Nattyamancha Bangladesh and Bangladesh Sahitya Sangskriti Kendro and was actively involved with Bangladesh Film Censor Board and Bangladesh Public Library Special Committee.

He was the second son of eminent litterateur, journalist and politician late Abul Mansur Ahmad and elder brother of Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of The Daily Star and publisher of the Prothom Alo.

On the occasion of his death anniversary, fateha will be offered at his grave at Banani and Qurankhwani and milad mahfil will be held at his Dhanmondi residence in the city.