WITH a heavy heart, we remember ABM Musa, or Musa Bhai, as he was popularly known among his fellow journalists, who died on Wednesday at a local hospital. He was 83.
At his death, Musa Bhai has left a big void almost impossible to fill in the world of Bangladesh journalism. It's not that no other living journalist can match his brilliance or talent. It's about a time, the golden era of journalism, that ended with his going to glory. Starting at an early age in the profession --he was only 19 when he joined the daily Insaf in 1950 -- he became part of the history of journalism as it evolved in this part of the world. He also worked with many other media houses, print and wire service including Sangbad, BSS, the now defunct Bangladesh Observer, Morning News, among others. He never parted with his profession until his last days.
The kind of journalism Musa bhai and his contemporaries practised was in many ways different from what it is today. In those days, journalism was propelled by a steadfast sense of commitment to society and people. It was yet to become a career worth pursuing by bright university graduates since it hardly promised a life of financial security and comfort. So people like Musa Bhai who joined this profession during its formative years had knowingly chosen a career that was full of uncertainties, even risky and often thankless. The charm, if any, was in the challenge it held out before them.
Though he is physically no more with us, the legacy of professional and ethical journalism he represented will endure for generations to come.
We pray for eternal peace of his departed soul and commiserate with his bereaved family.