DHAKA, Feb 3, 2020 (BSS) – Speakers at a discussion here today said ‘Amar Dekha Naya Chin’, a book authored by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reflected his nationalist, anti-imperialist and non-communal thoughts and his longing for earning independence for Bangladesh.
Though Bangabandhu said that he wrote a travelogue but while reading the book extensively it likened to an internationalist leader, writer and analyst portraying new China before the people through deep analysis, said the speakers.
They made the remarks while speaking at a seminar on the book “Amar Dekha Naya Chin” (The New China as I Saw) on Bangla Academy premises.
The speakers said in the book Bangabandhu also talked about the freedom of the country and the emancipation of human being from rulers’ exploitation.
In his speech, Bangla Academy Director General Habibullah Sirazi said this book reflects Bangabandhu’s firm resolute to create a nation state for Bangalees.
Bangla Academy organised the seminar as part of its routine work with former finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith in the chair.
Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan presented the keynote speech while Dr Fakrul Alam and poet Tariq Sujat also participated in the discussion.
Meanwhile, for the first time, Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) set up its stall in Amar Ekushey Boi Mela.
The stall was set up inside the Bangla Academy premises which offered different genres of books mainly on Bangabandhu’s life and works and some magazines and books published by different social-cultural organizations of the university.
“This book fair is a special one as it is being dedicated to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. It is a glory for us as we are introducing a stall on behalf of DUCSU for the first time this year’, said Assistant General Secretary of DUCSU Sadddam Hussein.
The book stall was decorated with portraits and photographs of Bangabandhu marking the ‘Mujib Barsho’, Saddam added.
DUCSU, the central students’ platform of Dhaka University students, remained inactive for 28 years as DUCSU polls were not held during the period.
Like previous years, the fair is holding a number of ancillary events including discussions on diverse literary and political topics, cultural shows and theatre presentation.
Bangla Academy has been organising discussions on literature, politics and history every afternoon at the main stage on Bangla Academy premises.
On the second day on Monday, 37 new books marked the book fair.
As for the cultural shows, traditional performing artists from different parts of the country are entertaining the visitors. Recitation of self-penned poems by poets is also being featured every evening.
Meanwhile, Lekhok Bolchi (the author speaking), a platform for writers to speak and interact with readers, grab the attention of the people in the first two days of the fair.
Bangla Academy added the platform last year at a corner beside the lake at Suhrawardy Udyan.
Selected writers are invited by Bangla Academy to speak at the event.
Hosted by writers and Bangla Academy officials, four writers speak on a daily basis about their books published at the fair at the platform where readers can interact with the writers every afternoon.
This year, around 873 units have been allocated to 560 publishing houses and organisations to sell and exhibit their books and publications and 34 pavilions have been allocated to the publishing houses.
The fair opens to visitors at 3pm and continues till 8:30pm. On holidays, the fair remains open from 11:00am to 8:30pm. On February 21, however, the fair will remain open from 8:00am and continue till 8:30pm.
Holding of the fair on the Bangla Academy premises began informally in 1972, but it became institutionalized in 1978.
The fair was named then Amar Ekushey Granthamela and a guideline for it was formulated in 1984.