The 10th death anniversary of Prof Dr Ahmad Sharif, a renowned scholar, researcher and a forerunner of free thought movement, was observed yesterday.
On the occasion, Swadesh Chinta Shangha arranged a memorial lecture and award giving function at the Business Studies Faculty auditorium of Dhaka University.
Indian intellectual and former vice-chancellor of Vishwa Bharati University Prof Amlan Dutta delivered the memorial lecture.
Sector Commander Col (retd) Quazi Nur-uz-Zaman, Biruttam, and eminent journalist and cultural activist Kamal Lohani was honoured with this year's commemoration awards.
Prof Dutta in his speech said, "Through the passage of time the human race faces many predicaments. To unravel the situation society makes changes, incessantly. Difficulties in life makes way for free thoughts. Prof Sharif throughout his life made an effort to change the society."
Naxalbari Movement leader Comrade Azizul Haq sent a commemorative piece on the occasion which was read out by Prof Ahmed Kabir.
During his lifetime Prof Sharif had written around 70 books and abridged more than 100.
His area of interest in writing was Bangladesh, Bengali society and Bangla language and literature.
He was well known for his dedicated, fearless intellectual stance. Ahmad Sharif criticised any government that resorted to unjust and anti-people policies. He wrote and spoke strongly against fundamentalism, military rule, autocracy and the enemies of liberation.
He was a central figure of many societies including the Committee for the Protection of Fundamental Rights and Legal Aid, Bangladesh Lekhak Shibir, Bangladesh Bhasha Samity, Colonel Taher Sangsad, Ganatantrik Sangskritik Front and Swadesh Chinta Sangha.