The New Nation
August 11, 2008,
Speakers at a seminar in the city yesterday lauded the contributions of Nawab Sir Salimullah towards the creation to present day Bangladesh and asked students to explore the past to have good understanding of the present and dreams of the future.
They said Salimullah helped establish many educational institutions including Dhaka University providing lands and financial assistance.
Shadhinata Forum organised the seminar titled “400 Years of Dhaka City: the context of Nawab Sir Salimullah’s contribution” at Begum Sufiya Kamal Auditorium of the National Museum to mark 137th birth anniversary of Sir Salimullah.
Former Chief Justice Syed JR Modassir Hossain was the chief guest at the function presided over by Nazim Habib-uz Zaman, Adviser to the Sadhinata Forum and President of the SAARC Society.
Prof Dr Mirza Mazharul Islam, Mostafa Kamal Majumder, Editor, The New Nation, Lutfar Rahman Matin, Chairman of Luman group, Mostafizur Rahman, Managing Director of Mostafiz Co (Pvt) Ltd, Social worker Delwar Hossain, Social Worker Engineer Mojibur Rahman Prodhan, Adv Shamsur Rahman and Dramatist Sajedul Karim Palash, among others, also spoke at the function.
Justice Syed JR Modassir Hossain said Sir Salimullah was the pioneer of emancipation of the Muslims of the Indian sub-continent.
He was involved in the politics for the wellbeing of Dhaka city and the Muslims of the sub-continent and played leading role to establish the rights of the Muslim.
Mostaf Kamal Majumder said Nawab Sir Salimullah established All India Muslim League for the betterment of Muslims of the sub-continent.
Nazim Habib-uz Zaman said that a dream city of Nawab Sir Salimullah Dhaka was now suffering from congestion and traffic jam due to unplanned urbanisation. The scenario should change, he added.
Later, Justice Syed JR Modassir Hossain distributed Nawab Sir Salimullah Memorial Prizes-2008 and prizes of a painting competition of children organised to mark the birth anniversary of Nawab Sir Salimullah.