'Sangrami Narir Jibonalekhya' launched
The publication ceremony of a book titled 'Sangrami Narir Jibonalekhya', a biography of the first Bengali Muslim woman politician of the subcontinent, was held in the city yesterday.
Begum Jobaida Khatun Chowdhury got herself involved with politics by joining Indian National Congress in 1928 and led the Sylhet Mahila Congress.
She organised both Muslim and Hindu women for the movement against British colonialism.
Born in an elite family she worked with and for the common people.
She fought against every superstition and came out of strict parda system wearing no Burkah.
After the liberation war this great woman often shared her time with the Biranganas staying at the rehabilitation centres. They were neglected by the society and even by their families.
Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA) organised the publication ceremony at Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium with Advocate Fauzia Karim Firoz in the chair.
Speaking as chief guest, eminent litterateur Selina Hossain said apart from narrating the life of Begum Jobaida, the book has also depicted the social structure of the then period.
She said Begum Jobaida possessed that rare human quality that makes one a real human being.
Former lawmaker Abul Mal Abdul Muhit said she was such a politician to whom issue was more important than party.
Writer of the book Tajul Mohammad said Begum Jobaida was such a big stature of woman who cannot be covered with one book only.
Publisher of the book Mofidul Haque said although the book lacks enough information about the great politician, one will get a clear conception about her from it.
Dr Maleka Begum, a women's rights activist, said party politics was not a major concern of Begum Jobaida, and she did not work with that political party which was not pro-people and progressive.
“She worked with different political parties in her lifetime depending on their issues, and this should be the policy of our politicians of today,” Dr Maleka added.
Journalist Baby Moudud, Awami League leader Dr Dipu Moni, BNP leader Begum Selima Rahman and BNWLA Executive Director Advocate Salma Ali also spoke on the occasion.