Eminent researcher and writer Ghulam Murshid yesterday said there is lack of research-friendly environment in the country.
“Vast amounts of materials for research are present in the country. I found rare books at Varendra Research Museum that was not even available at British Museum Library,” Murshid said while speaking at “Bidyapeeth Baithaki”, an interactive discussion, oragnised by Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation at its Dhanmondi office in Dhaka.
There are rare books at libraries of Rajshahi University, Rajshahi Government College and elsewhere, he added.
“But there is lack of research-friendly environment in the country. When I was writing 'Bibartanmulak Bangla Obhidhan' published by Bangla Academy, I hardly received cooperation,” he said.
Murshid -- a scholar of literature, history and culture -- has authored books on a range of subjects, including women's studies, Bangla language and literature, and socio-cultural history of Bengal. He also wrote books on poets Michael Madhusudan Dutt and Kazi Nazrul Islam.
He said in his writings, he tried to be objective and called a spade a spade. “A writer should not be biased,” he added.
He also said researchers should be curious and have the desire to work in difficult situations.
Murshid also urged the audience, most of whom were youths, not to solely work and study for degrees. “If you only study for degrees, you would not be able to truly learn,” he said.
At the onset of the lecture, titled “Bidyapeeth Baithaki”, media personality Muhammad Jahangir introduced Ghulam Murshid who has been living in London for the last 35 years as “a committed researcher and writer”.
Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Foundation Director General Ahrar Ahmed thanked Ghulam Murshid and others for joining the programme.