Reminiscence: The life and teachings of Dr. Anisuzzaman। Session 2

The passing of National Professor Dr. Anisuzzaman on 14 May 2020 is an enormous loss of an engaged public intellectual and an eminent scholar. He was a Trustee of the Bengal Foundation and Chair of the Board of Editors of Kali O Kalam, an acclaimed Bengali literary journal. He was also a founding Trustee of the Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation, a premier institution of intellectual excellence.

Dr. Anisuzzaman has always been an inspiration to us, and he will forever be remembered for his moral leadership, and as a voice for democracy and social justice. His research and scholarship, intellectual rigour, and his literary and academic engagements, had made him a revered figure in the region.

Bengal Foundation gas organised an online three-part memorial meet celebrating the many facets of Dr. Anisuzzaman’s teachings, his interests and accomplishments. The first session explored his scholarly research and role as an educator (watch it  here:

The second session focuses on Dr. Anisuzzaman’s political conscience and involvement with rights movements, featured in this video.

Session 2: Political conscience and involvement with rights movements


  • Abul Momen, Poet and Essayist
  • Mofidul Hoque, Publisher, Essayist and Founder Trustee, Liberation War Museum
  • Advocate Sultana Kamal, Rights Activist and Former Advisor to Caretaker government
  • Mahfuz Anam, Editor and Publisher, The Daily Star
  • Rounaq Jahan, Political Scientist and Author
  • M. Syeduzzaman, Author and Former Minister for Finance
  • Rehman Sobhan, Thinker, Economist, Chair of CPD
  • Abul Khair, Chair, Bengal Foundation

Presenter: Ms. Luva Nahid Choudhury, Director-General, Bengal Foundation

The third and final session will examine Dr. Anisuzzaman’s contribution to the arts and literature, and will be featured in upcoming videos.


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