The milestones renowned journalist Golam Sarwar achieved in his career -- through honesty, responsibility and wisdom -- will serve as a guiding light for Bangladeshi journalism in future, eminent citizens said yesterday.
Illustrious people never die, they remain alive through their accomplishments. And Sarwar, founding editor of the Bangla daily Samakal, remains present and will continue to do so, they added.
Speakers and attendees, in such manner, remembered one of the country’s most notable journalists at a memorial programme organised on the occasion of his first death anniversary.
The event was held at Samakal office in the capital’s Tejgaon.
Sarwar, also the president of Editors’ Council, breathed his last at a hospital in Singapore on August 13 last year after suffering from heart diseases and respiratory complications for a long time. He was 75.
Chairing the memorial meeting, National Professor Rafiqul Islam said that he felt proud to have such a bright and dynamic student like Sarwar.
He fondly recalled Sarwar’s active role in Dhaka University’s Department of Bengali in the 1960s. Professor Rafiqul Islam said, Sarwar’s presence is felt in all spheres and it will remain that way.
Mustafiz Shafi, acting editor of Samakal, said Sarwar trained many journalists who are currently shining bright in their own fields.
He was deeply involved in the progress of Bangladeshi journalism, Shafi said.
Abed Khan, noted journalist and former editor of Samakal, said the current inertia and decline that Bangladeshi journalism in going through can be overcome if Sarwar’s values are adhered to.
The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam, eminent economist Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, BNP Standing Committee Member Moudud Ahmed, Awami League Presidium Member Mohammed Nasim, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, former education minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Samakal Publisher AK Azad, former DU VC Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President ASM Abdur Rob, theatre personalities Ataur Rahman and Mamunur Rashid, Jatiya Press Club President Saiful Islam and General Secretary Farida Yeasmin, and Sammilita Sangskritik Jote President Golam Kuddus also spoke at the event.
The attendees also observed a minute of silence in memory of the late journalist.