Letters

Golok Majumder who( He was the Inspector General of the Eastern Border Security Force of India in 1971) had worked closely with Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmad had written by his own hand ( 8 December, 2014) his comments on Sharmin Ahmad’s memoir of her father. As much impressed as he was reading the memoir he also reflected upon Tajuddin Ahmad and his key role in liberating Bangladesh. Sadly Mr. Majumder a great friend of Bangladesh had passed away in 8 July, 2015.

Golok


শারমিন আপা,

১৭ মার্চ মুজিব নগর সরকারের শপথ অনুষ্ঠানে আমি উপস্থিত ছিলাম না। সেদিন ছিল আমাদের ইতিহাসের উল্লেখযোগ্য একটি দিন। তবে আপনার বই প্রকাশনী উৎসবের ক্লিপটি দেখে মনে হল আমি অন্য একটি ইতিহাসের সূচনা দেখলাম। করিম চাচার মত একজন গুণী মানুষ সম্পর্কে কিছু জানতে পারলাম। তাঁর (ডঃ করিম) সাথে দেখা করার ইচ্ছা রইল। এছাড়াও বাংলা ভিশনে সাক্ষাতকারের সময় যখন ২৫ মে এর (আপনার বাবা মায়ের মিলনের দৃশ্য) বর্ণনা দিচ্ছিলেন তখন মনে পড়ে গেল এই ঘটনাটি আপনার সামনে আমিও বলেছিলাম একটু নাটকীয় ভঙ্গীতে।

অনেক অনেক ধন্যবাদ। আপনি ভাল থাকবেন, ভাল কাজে লেগে থাকবে। অল্প কিছু মানুষ সৃষ্টিশীল কাজ করে অন্যরা সেগুলো থেকে উপকৃত হয়। আপনি সেই অল্পের একজন। অনেক শুভ কামনা রইল।

আকতার হোসেন

Akhtar Hossain
writer and playwright
Toronto, Canada
May 14, 2014


Dear Reepi Apa,

Peace!
I have gone through your book. At first, I must appreciate the starting chapter. You have highlighted the context of 1960s globally and in Bangladesh. Like Dickens words, “It was the best of time, it was the worst of time’. It is very important to know about the context, because for a deeper analysis for the struggle of liberation- the contextual background is very important. So you have highlighted that part precisely.

Another thing, about your grand ma, the incident that you have described about walking for about five miles with your father to see your grandmother reminds me the about the similar incidence of Bidyasagar. Mother is very important to construct such personality of Tajuddin. Repeatedly I want to emphasize that Tajuddin did not become Tajuddin with out context. The role of mother and the contemporary context lead Tajuddin to become Tajuddin. I believe that was also underpinning of your book.

I think, you have been criticized for raising questions about the declaration of independence and the issue of Banganbandhu. I have not found a single word of disrespect for Bangabandhu. Regarding the declaration of independence you have narrated some facts. It is one of the great limitation of our intellectual culture that we seek for a flawless personality and try to sketch that history goes in a precise form. And so most of the cases, we show our intolerance about any disagreement. Again, in your book, you have shown some disagreement, but not at all any disrespect. However, what you are facing now, it very pathetic. I have no words to say anything about this.

I believe you are also very open and also enthusiast about any criticism about your work. I want to point out two things. One, this sort of book should have an index (for personalities, major events) at the end part of the book. It would be very helpful for the researcher and I think it would increase the weight of the book as a research work. Two, it is my personal opinion about the use of photos. Of course, it is personal memoir even then the color photos those you have used at the last part of the book may not be the most suitable ones for a book like this. Again, it is my personal opinion.

Stay tuned.

love-light-life

Kazi Sameeo Sheesh
Author, researcher and consultant Peace Education
Dhaka, Bangladesh
May 5, 2014