State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman yesterday said two different sides have cropped up over the issue of the war crimes trial where a group is showing support to the criminals.
He was addressing a meeting to commemorate eminent litterateur Shawkat Osman's 12th death anniversary organised by Shawkat Osman Smriti Parishad at Liberation War Museum in the city.
Yeafesh Osman, son of Shawkat Osman, said his father's knowledge and interest in politics were reflected in his writing, which made him a unique breed of litterateur.
Other speakers at the meeting said many litterateurs tend to hide under their shells like turtles in times of political oppressions and military reigns, but Shawkat Osman was not one of them.
His writings predominantly highlight messages against fundamentalism and chronicle tales of the oppressed. After Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated, he was the only litterateur to raise voice against the murderers, the discussants said.
Director General of Bangla Academy Dr Shamsuzzaman Khan chaired the meeting. Eminent artists Rafiqun Nabi and Hashem Khan, Dr Syed Anwar Hossain, writer Andaleeb Rasdhi and cultural personality Bulbul Mahlanbish spoke at the meeting.