National professor Dr Anisuzzaman no more; He was Covid-19 positive

National Professor Anisuzzaman

National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman died of old-age complications at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Dhaka on Thursday. He was 83.

He breathed his last at the hospital around 4:55pm, said sources at the Prime Minister’s Office.

President Abdul Hamid And Prime Minister expressed deep shock and condolence at his demise.

His samples had been collected for Covid-19 test and it came positive, His son Ananda confirmed to media yesterday evening. The professor’s body will be handed over to family members tomorrow morning and his funeral will be conducted following the health guidelines in place.

On April 27, the Dhaka University Professor Emeritus was admitted to Universal Medical College Hospital after he fell seriously ill.

He was shifted to the capital’s (CMH) on May 9, as his condition was not improving.

Apart from heart problems, Anisuzzaman had been suffering from kidney and lung complications, and respiratory problems.

He was awarded Ekushey Padak and Swadhinata Padak, the highest state awards given by the government, for his contribution to education.

Born in Kolkata in 1937, Prof Anisuzzaman and his family shifted to Bangladesh soon after the partition in 1947.

Anisuzzaman not only preached theories in the classroom, but he was also a soul-searching researcher of Bengali culture, language and literature. His research into the reflection of the Muslim mind in 19th century Bengali literature and into pre-19th century Bengali prose were groundbreaking.

He was a member of the Planning Commission of Bangladesh during the Liberation War and a member of the National Education Commission set up by the government after independence. He was a pivotal figure in translating the Constitution of Bangladesh in Bangla in 1972. He also served as chairman of the Trustee Board of the Nazrul Institute and also was the president of Bangla Academy from 2012 till the last day of his life.

His publications include Muslim-manas O Bangla Sahitya, Swaruper Sandhane, Purono Bangla Gadya, Amar Ekattor, Bangali Nari: Sahitye O Samaje, Kal Nirabadhi, Ihajagatikata O Anyanya, Bipula Prithibi; Factory Correspondence and other Bengali Documents in the India Office Library and Records; Creativity, Reality and Identity; Cultural Pluralism and Identity, Religion and Recent History.