Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Published:  02:04 AM, 25 June 2017

Homage to a great visionary statesman

Homage to a great visionary statesman Greatest Poet of Politics by Shitangshu Kumar Sur Chowdhury, Publisher - Atish Dipankar Gobeshana Parishad in March 2017

While talking about the history of Bangladesh or in a wider sense referring to the significant flyspecks dotting the bygone days across South Asia we cannot go ahead with our disquisition unless we focus on a few indispensable mileposts like the independence of India in 1947 leading to partition, the Language Movement of 1952 and more emphatically we are under historic as well as ethical obligations to glance back at the valiant and gallant war we fought during 1971 which gave birth to our country and bestowed us with self-esteem and enabled us to live in this world with our heads high.

Shitangshu Kumar Sur Chowdhury, who is best-known with his abbreviated name SK Sur Chowdhury deeply and passionately turned over the pages of our tumultuous history in his masterfully written book "Greatest Poet of Politics." This book is an aptly compiled anthology of seven insightful essays on the historic ups and downs of Indian subcontinent including the major political upheavals of Bangladesh's history.

To take a look at the titles of the essays illustrated in this book "International Mother Language Day: Our National Treasure at Global Level", "Long Way to Victory and Role of Indian Army", "Socio-economic Development of Bangladesh in Context of Homecoming of Bangabandhu", "Transforming Remorse to Strength: Protecting Bangladesh, Prospering Bangladesh," "Devi Durga and Women in Bangladesh" and "Mahatma Gandhi: An Epic of Ahimsa Movement".

These essays exhibit SK Sur Chowdhury's prolific authorial competence with his outstanding capability to dovetail history of past decades with the themes of present times. The Language Movement of 1952 was the first rebellion by the people of Bangladesh against the exploitations of West Pakistan government. Our dream for an independent nationhood emerged on our mindscape through the language revolt patriotic sons and daughters of Bangladesh carried out on 21st February 1952 and this dream reached its peak in 1971 through the blood-spilling Liberation War.

From the standpoint of Bangladesh thinking about independence and sovereignty attained in 1971 does not sound compatible without casting thoughts on the Language Movement of 1952. The sacrifices made by the language martyrs have given us our mother tongue and have also placed us on the elevated global podium through the recognition of 21st February as International Mother Language Day.

Speaking on the birth, heritage and legacy of Bangladesh remains incomplete if we don't acknowledge the most radiating name in our history Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. SK Sur Chowdhury paid heartfelt homage to the father of the nation, the architect of independent Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in his essay "Greatest Poet of Politics".

The exhilarating speech by Bangabandhu on 7th March, his proclamation of independence, his immeasurable roles for our freedom, his supreme self-dedication, his matchless patriotic values have been described by SK Sur Chowdhury in a vibrant, mind-blowing and resplendent style. Bangabandhu loved Bangladesh and its people from the core of his heart. His speeches for the betterment of Bangladesh sound like lyrical ballads.

His bravery as the trailblazer of the nation has made him comparable to a godlike figure. Bangabandhu's contributions for the dawn of Bangladesh have uplifted him to the status of one of the most adorable leaders in the history of the entire world. SK Sur Chowdhury also paid tribute to the memories of the freedom fighters who took part in the Liberation War of 1971 and he also recalled three million martyrs who laid down their lives for the crimson sun of independence.

SK Sur Chowdhury sadly looked back on the tragic assassination of Bangabandhu which happened on 15th August 1975 which is how Bangladesh lost its most loving guardian and the most fabulous statesman. The murder of Bangabandhu was the most pathetic occurrence in the fate of Bangladesh. SK Sur Chowdhury laid emphasis on turning the pain of losing Bangabandhu into a constructive power to materialize the dreams and visions Bangabandhu had cherished about Bangladesh. The greatest tribute to Bangabandhu would be to value his principles and to imitate the devotion he had for the prosperity of Bangladesh, SK Sur Chowdhury asserts in this book.

SK Sur Chowdhury recalls the image of Mahatma Gandhi with special references to the ideas of non-violence Gandhi always believed in throughout his life. Mahatma Gandhi is often remembered by historians for his adherence to the nobility of peace, equity and justice. His ordinary lifestyle despite being an immensely honored leader is an educative thing for the rulers of today's world.

Actually extraordinary icons like Mahatma Gandhi are not frequently born. SK Sur Chowdhury highlighted the glaring roles Mahatma Gandhi played while India was struggling for independence from the colonial British Empire. At the same time he referred to the humanitarian attitude Mahatma Gandhi displayed in the middle of acute racism in South Africa.

This book also portrays goddess Durga and through the image of Durga the author adulates the power of women and the roles they play for national advancement. SK Sur Chowdhury further applauds the vast contributions made by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for upgrading the dignity of Bangladesh on global stage.

SK Sur Chowdhury has been Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank since 2012. Besides being a higher official in the central bank of Bangladesh, SK Sur Chowdhury has a strong attachment with literature, particularly with writing. His book "Greatest Poet of Politics" is a substantial book for better understanding of Bangladesh's historic and socio-economic dimensions.

The reviewer is a literary critic for  The Asian Age

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