Vol. 4 Num 213 Wed. December 31, 2003  

In memoriam
Dr Mazharul Islam
From a daughter's perspective

Quite a few weeks have passed since I received the initial request to prepare a remembrance for my father's life story. My family's wish is that I commemorate my father's life by writing about some of the significant events that have served as a memoir for his extraordinary life. My father Dr Mazharul Islam passed away on November 14.

My father's words and philosophy are appreciated and honoured. His vision and insights offer inspiration and guidance to many Bangalees. He was an advocate of Bengali culture and social construction. He influenced Bangalees in untold measure. There are many Bangalees for whom his dedication and life's lessons are valuable blueprint for personal and moral development. He was a brilliant educator with exceptional abilities and integrity of character. His plan of action, his viewpoint and his perspective were always poignantly clear.

My father was deeply involved and inspired by Bengali nationalism that encourages self-reliance and upholds a sense of empowerment for the people of Bangladesh. His life-long aim was specifically dedicated toward the salvation of mankind. His warmth and kindness inspired thousands of employees and his support for them was a major sustaining influence.

His honesty, gentleness and encouragement were invaluable. I had benefited from his wisdom, talent and clear insights in uncountable ways. Without his affection, I could never have earned a PhD and continued teaching at the university level. His knowledge, honesty, integrity and moral values are still an ongoing source for my own spiritual and professional development.

When people ask how I managed to keep my father's memory alive, all I can say is -- to me, he never left. He never left us. My father's spiritual presence is what sustains us. We love him as daddy -- will provide a source of eternal pride to his children. My two brothers, sister and I are very proud of our father. Proud of his brilliant career, unselfish dedication, self-determination and accomplishments. His hopes and dreams were to expand his businesses to enhance productivity and support more people when times were hard for them. Undoubtedly, the billions will be invested for hiring people, equipment and to support the use of technology. My father was looking forward to re-structure programmes of Nurjehan Mazhar College, Charnabipur, Pabna.

It is our hope that in future we will be able to provide better facilities and more opportunities to train Nurjehan Mazhar teachers to develop teaching skills and strategies. If possible, faculty will utilise group network environments such as desktop video conferencing and blackboard online communications to recruit more students from the districts.

We, the family, will forever be nurtured by his legacy.

Dr . Chhanda Islam is Professor, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, USA