Writers, readers pay tributes to Prof Azad

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Category : Humayun Azad

Writers, readers and poets yesterday recalled the brutal attack made on eminent writer late Prof Humayun Azad seven years ago near Amar Ekushey Boi Mela premises.

They demanded the authorities of Bangla Academy to declare February 27 as Humayun Azad Day.

In 2004, the poet was severely injured following the attack near the book fair premises and died a few months later.

Talking to The Daily Star on the fair premises, writers and fans alike expressed their concern that anti-cultural and anti-progressive forces are still prevalent in the country.

“The attack on Humayun Azad was not an attack on any individual but a cumulative attack on the culture and literature,” said Muhammad Samad, a poet.

“It was an attack on the exercise of free thinking,” said another poet Khondokar Ashraf Hossain

Everyone recalled fond memories of writer and freethinker Humayun Azad and paid respect to his memories by holding a brief rally at the fair premises in the afternoon. They demanded the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Kajal Abdullah, a fan of the celebrated poet said, “I will never forget the tragic moment when I heard that my favourite writer had been attacked,” adding, “It still hurts to think that the culprits were not caught.”

Meanwhile, the fair witnessed a huge crowd as the month-long festival will end today.

The publishers expressed satisfaction over the presence of people throughout the month but expressed their concern over the pirated books sold in different stalls. Such trend has certainly killed the image of the fair, they said.

As many as 2,924 new titles hit the fair as of yesterday since it began on February 1. Poetries topped the list with 669 new titles followed by 477 novels and 381 collections of stories.

Rakib Ahammed

thedailystar

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