Death of Professor Anisuzzaman: The nation loses another fine mind and a distinguished intellectual

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Mehnaaz Pervin Tuli

“I always wanted to be a teacher. Being a teacher, I have achieved more than I deserved. I wanted to be to be an ultimate learner. I tried to learn as much as I could. There were unexpected turns occasionally, but those were nothing compared to the affection that I have received.”

These are the humbling words spoken by the Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman who was the luminary figure of Bangla literature and an eminent educationist of Bangladesh. It is remorseful to talk about his demise, a man of reputable wisdom and effervescent insight. He breathed his last on 14th May, 2020 at the Combined Military Hospital after suffering from several health complications. The departed scholar was a prominent writer, professor of Dhaka University at Bangla department and also recipient of Bangla academy, Ekushay Padak awards for his contribution towards education, Bangla literature and the nation. This nation has lost a great intellectual and a valiant freedom fighter who left no stone unturned to enrich Bangla language, culture and literature through his groundbreaking research works and published books. Lastly, we all mourn the departure of the national professor who played significant role in all types of democratic movements starting from the Language Movement of 1952 to Liberation War of 1971 and later in the trials of war criminals.

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