We are deeply saddened and shocked at the death of legendary journalist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury. Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury, also a language movement veteran, prominent columnist, poet and writer, died on Thursday morning at a London hospital at the age of 88.
He went to the United Kingdom for the treatment of his wife and could not return to Bangladesh for 22 years after the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s August 15, 1975 assassination along with most of his family members. But, he used to visit Bangladesh frequently and wrote newspaper columns regularly keeping a close touch with the country and an eye on its affairs.
In the true sense of the term, his (Gaffar Chowdhury) passing is a great loss to the nation as he was like a banyan tree of the country’s arena of journalism and continued working hard to establish the spirit of the Liberation War, the values of independence and democracy in the country. All know this loss can never be fulfilled as he through his writings always used to give valuable guidelines to drive the nation from darkness to light.
will always remember
Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury
respect and love
As Gaffar Chowdhury’s colourful life came to an end on Thursday, we will be deprived of his write-ups, columns and guidelines now. He was a journalist from head to toe as he never compromised with the basic characteristic of journalism objectivity and authenticity as well while writing columns, editorials, post, features and other write-ups for newspapers.
Gaffar Chowdhury always gave true information without caring about reactions of anybody when the nation was in darkness during the Pakistan period as well as post-1975 period after the assassination of Bangabandhu. His (Gaffar Chowdhury’s) famous song 'Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano Ekushey February,' gave immense courage and inspiration to the Bengali nation in the Language Movement and the War of Liberation.
The noted writer won hearts of Bangalees by writing this celebrated Ekushey song "Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano Ekushey February". This song is still promoting the spirit of the Liberation War and Language Movement as well.
He was in close touch with Bangabandhu. He had inspired freedom fighters through his writings in the weekly “Joy Bangla” newspaper during the period of Liberation War. The nation will always remember Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury with due respect and love.