Prominent historian Prof Muntassir Mamoon yesterday said patronisation of “fanatic and reactionary forces” by political parties to use them as vote banks will create a great obstacle in the progressive movement of the country.
“A party can win the votes of religious groups by making compromise with them but it brings bad consequences for the country,” he said while delivering the Tajuddin Ahmad Memorial Lecture, hosted by Dhaka University, at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban.
The lecture was titled “Tajuddiner Diary: Ek Toruner Rajnitibid Hoye Otha” (Diary of Tajuddin: The Making of a Politician).
Talking about the life and contributions of the country's first prime minister, the historian said Tajuddin was a close associate of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and he never betrayed the ideology of Bangabandhu.
Prof Muntassir, also Bangabandhu Chair of DU, said no outstanding work has yet been published on the life of Tajuddin as researchers are not paying attention to him, probably because of some political leaders who want to keep his contributions secret. “It is very true that Tajuddin was the most knowledgeable and talented person in the administration,” he added.
Speaking as chief guest, DU Vice Chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman said Tajuddin was an honest and patriotic man.
Meanwhile, Tajuddin Ahmad Memorial Trust Fund awarded seven students in three categories. Of them, Md Aftab and Nawshin Akhand, students of peace and conflict studies, won Tajuddin Ahmad Peace Gold Medal and Tajuddin Ahmad Scholarship respectively for their outstanding results in Bachelor of Social Sciences examinations in 2016.
With DU Treasurer Prof Dr Kamal Uddin in the chair, the programme was also addressed by Tajuddin's daughter Simeen Hussain Rimi, donor of the trust Fund Sharmin Ahmed, Pro-VC (Academic) Prof Nasreen Ahmad, and Pro-VC (administration) Prof Muhammad Samad.