Nawab Khwaja Sir Salimullah was born on 7June 1871. Many socio economic & political organizations observed his 136th birthday through seminars and other programmes in the city. Here are the news highlights (courtesy The New Nation)
Salimullah shaped the future of Muslims of subcontinent
June 29, 2008
Speaker Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar yesterday underscored the need for talented people like Nawab Sir Salimullah for the progress and prosperity of the nation.
Addressing a Nawab Sir Salimullah memorial citation programme organized by the Jatiya Lekhak Forum at the Shilpakala Academy as the chief guest he said the political process initiated by Nawab Salimullah led to the creation of Pakistan and then the independence of Bangladesh.
He said Nawab Sir Salimullah was the pioneer of Muslim reawakening in this sub-continent.
The recipients of the Nawab Salimullah memorial citation include Prof Anwarullah Chowdhury and Prof SM Lutfur Rahman of Dhaka University, Enayetur Rahman of Ntv, Mohammad Abdul Mannan of Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd, Dr Syed Naquin Muslim, Chairman of Tariff Commission, Music Director Azad Rahman, Editor of The New Nation Mostafa Kamal Majumder, Idol of Dhaka Cinema Abdur Razzak, Alhajj Golam Nabi Alamgir, Shayamal Chandra Saha, Abu Zafar Chowdhury, Md Abdus Shukur and Dr AHM Iskandar Ali.
Justice Abdur Rouf, former chief election commissioner, was the special guest at the award distribution ceremony, which was presided over by Mohammad Anwar Hossain, President of the forum. The function was addressed, among others former VC of Dhaka University Prof Anwarullah Chowdhury, Prof Dr Lutfor Rahman and journalist Mostafa Kamal Majudmer.
Jamiruddin Sircar said Sir Salimullah made huge of the initiative taken by the British rulers after the Sepoy Revolution of 1857 to involve natives with the administration and facilitated the 1905 partition of Bengal to help improve the lot of the people of the region. When the partition faced stiff resistance he founded the All India Muslim League that subsequently shaped the future of the subcontinent as the spokesman of the Muslims.
The Speaker also made mention of Nawab Salimullah’s role in the establishment of Dhaka University. This institution helped create the educated middle class that led this part of the subcontinent in different spheres of life.
A history of the subcontinent cannot be complete without making mention of contribution of this great soul.
Justice Abdur Rouf thanked the Lekhak Forum for honouring people for their contribution to different fields through the distribution of Salimullah memorial awards.
He deplored that the present generation of people have started forgetting the contributions of great leaders who laid the foundation of the country.
Contributions of Sir Salimullah recalled
June 23, 2008
Speakers at a discussion meeting in the city yesterday recalled lasting contributions made by Nawab Sir Salimullah who not only did found the All India Muslim League in the historic city of Dhaka but also played a pivotal role in the establishment of the University of Dhaka.
The discussion meeting was organized by the Nawab Salimullah Academy in observance of his 137th birth anniversary at the national press club. The speakers called for making the new generation of Bangladeshis aware of the life and works of Nawab Salimullah to form a clear idea of the country’s past for a better understanding of its present.
Eminent industrialist Barrister Tamizul Haque presided over the discussion meeting which was addressed by eminent educationist Tozammul Hussain, Abdul Jabbar and Al-haj Akbar Hossain Pathan of the Muslim League, senior journalist Sheikh Raqubiddin, Mustafa Anwar Khan and editor of The New Nation, Mostafa Kamal Majumder among others.
Tozammul Hussain said that Nawab Sir Salimullah did realise more than a century ago the necessity of a political party to protect the distinct entity of the Muslims of the Indian Subcontinent and formed the Muslim League in Dhaka when the then partition of Bengal was facing resistance from Kolkata.
Barrister Tamizul Haque said that Nawab Sir Salimullah performed a duty of uniting Muslims under an organisation – the All India Muslim League. Muhammad Ali Jinnah upheld the concept of Muslim unity and relied upon the Muslim League to pursue his goal of establishing separate homeland for Muslims. He said, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was a Muslim League worker during the pre-partition period.
Unity of nationalist, Islamic forces urged
June 17, 2008
Bangladesh Muslim League (Yousuf) yesterday observed the 136th birth anniversary of its founder Sir Nawab Salimullah with a call for unity of nationalist and Islamic forces to safeguard the independence and sovereignty of the country
Speakers at a discussion organised by the party at the Institute of Diploma Engineers paid glowing tributes to Nawab Salimullah for establishing the all India Muslim League in Dhaka in 1906 and said this event had a deep impact on the subsequent history of the subcontinent. They said that Bangladesh which achieved independence through a war was the result of the adoption of the Lahore resolution of the Muslim League in 1940.
Presided over by Advocate ANM Yousuf, President of the party, the discussion was addressed, among others, by former minister Nazimuddin Al Azad, JAGPA President Safiul Alam Prodhan, Ismail Hossain Bengal of BNP, Mawlana Jafarullah Khan of Khelafat Andolon,
ATM Hemayet Uddin of Islami Shashantra Andolon,Nazim Abeduzzman of BDP, MA Hannan of Jatiya Party, Advocate Nurul Haque and Kazi Abul Khair of Muslim League and Mostafa Kamal Majumder, Editor, the New Nation.
The speakers deplored that t he present generation of Bangladesh was unaware of the contribution of Sir Salimullah to the creation of Bangladesh and the university of Dhaka.
They called for a step to keep Nawab Salimullah in a rightful place in the history.