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A opening has been made by Sharmin Ahmad in understanding the man and the leader that Tajuddin Ahmad was. The problem of contemporary history of Bangladesh is that exaggerations, untruths and narrow sectarian outlook have vitiated the collection of basic facts in this regard. As one who has witnessed 1971 from close quarters, I did not find even half a sentence in this book "Tajuddin Ahmad: Neta O Pita" which does not conform to truth. It is full of emotions of a daughter for a father. It is only natural, particularly because of the heinous manner in which the murderers took away his life and the lives of three other leaders in the Dhaka Central Jail. It would have been very odd if Sharmin showed no emotions under such tragic circumstances. But it has not in any way clouded her judgment of the man he is writing about. That is because Sharmin, as we gather from her biographical sketch, is an accomplished and trained researcher. It is indeed a must reading for those who want to understand an important epoch of our contemporary history. She has indeed dared to break out of the conventional account of what happened after 25th March, 1971 up to the formation of the Mujibnagar government and thereafter with solid facts.
The book thus once again firmly establishes that truth cannot be hidden for long. It would come out sooner than later. Those who knew and saw Mr. Tajuddin Ahmad in action in Mujibnagar will bear this and there are still a few left of that generation of men and women. As Professor AKM Fazlul Huq hinted in his appreciation of Tajuddin Ahmad, he distinguished himself from the leader whose image he was protecting with his heart and soul. It was the darkest hour in our history which brought the best in Tajuddin Ahmad. But in the last analysis, it was his education, political acumen, experience, organized mind and family background which went into shaping this superb leader in our deepest crisis. Sharmin has indeed ably brought out those aspects in her book.
...Sharmin has, within the limitations imposed by time and resources, accomplished an excellent job, interviewing a number of impeccable personalities closely associated with the Liberation War and Tajuddin Ahmad, such as Barrister Amirul Islam, Mayeedul Hasan and Hajee Murshed, etc. This has indeed enhanced the quality of the publication.
Kamal Siddiqui, retired civil servant and academic
Sharmin Ahmad in her book "Neta O Pita" uniquely crafted an exquisite Nakshi Katha Tapestry of fatherhood, life, death, legacy, leadership, vision, passion, empathy, honesty, integrity and convictions of the democratic principles of the founding Prime Minister of Bangladesh late Tajuddin Ahmad. It tells the story of an unforgettable journey of liberation movement: cultivating the land, planting the seed and harvesting the birth of Bangladesh. It depicts the struggle, betrayal, confusion, disappointments, friction between power and politics and the mystery of failed leadership of Bangladesh freedom movement. It articulates how the greed, mistrust, power struggle, politics and deviation from the democratic principles drove the new born nation to the brinks of collapse. Tajuddin Ahmad’s leadership, inspiration, perseverance and dedication for democracy were most instrumental for the liberation of Bangladesh.
Unfortunately, he never got the proper recognition neither from the party nor from the people. He is the most unsung hero of Bangladesh. This book is a must read Masterpiece. It will provoke the new generation to discover the unspoken and unwritten truth and real history of Bangladesh liberation movement. This book will empower and inspire the younger generation of Bangladesh to differentiate between facts and fictions, correct the course of history and give the proper recognition to our founding Prime Minister Mr. Tajuddin Ahmad.
Dr. Mahbub Uddin, Professor at Trinity University (USA)
Speaking of the responsibility that ought to have been the state's vis-à-vis Tajuddin Ahmad, a functionary of the present ruling dispensation saw, the other day on television, little that was obscene about his denigration of Sharmin Ahmad and her significant recent work on the country's first prime minister, Tajuddin Ahmad: Neta O Pita. He was dismissive of the work and plainly thought that the writer, Tajuddin's eldest daughter, hardly knew what she was writing about in the book. This powerful individual did not quite realize that by trying to undermine the writer, he was fundamentally demeaning Tajuddin Ahmad. There are others like him, in the Awami League as well as in the government, who have not taken kindly to the book. That is understandable. A political biography is always subject to interpretive processes and so it is with Sharmin's work on her father. But what is surely scandalous is the unalloyed vilification Sharmin Ahmad has had to endure because of her book. And note that Neta O Pita has hardly drawn any reviews in leading national newspapers. A conspiracy of silence?
On 23 July 2014 - marking the occasion of the 89th birthday of Tajuddin Ahmad - a book titled "Tajuddin Ahmader Chithi" (Letters of Tajuddin Ahmad) was published by Pratibhas. The book is a collection of 118 letters written to and by Tajuddin Ahmad between 1953 – 1974 http://www.thedailystar.net/tajuddins-letters-are-historical-record-34068. Since this period covers some the most important historical events of Bangladesh - such as Bhasha Andolon, Six Point Movement, Liberation War - the book is an indispensable historical record and valuable resource for the country.
As a political prisoner Tajuddin Ahmad wrote many letters from prison to his wife Zohra and to his eldest daughter Reepi, who had just began to read and write. Sadly, all these letters were either lost or destroyed during the Bangladesh Liberation War. Only few letters which he wrote to his relatives and acquaintances have survived http://tajuddinahmad.com/personal-letters.
Of the 118 letters published in the book, 11 cover the preparation phase of the struggle for freedom before 1971, 89 cover the nine-month war, and 18 the post-war period http://www.thedailystar.net/tajuddins-letters-are-historical-record-34068.
"Tajuddin Ahmader Chithi" was launched at a ceremony held at Planning and Development Academy in the capital's Nilkhet and attended by eminent personalities. Former Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, a close colleague of Tajuddin Ahmad who also worked under his leadership during 1971, was the chief guest of the ceremony. Dhaka University professor emeritus Dr. Anisuzzaman presided over the ceremony.
The book is edited by Tajuddin's daughter and lawmaker Simeen Hussain Rimi.
Reading out a couple of letters, Prof. M. M. Akash [an eminent economist] said the letters not only gave a picture of the time they were written but also showed how Tajuddin, a person who preferred to remain in the backstage, evaluated himself.
The Daily Star newspaper (Bangladesh)
After 50 or 100 years, there would be no witness of the Liberation War, but this book like other documents would remain, to enrich our future generation about the history of our country.
Prof Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, popular writer
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In April 2007 Simeen Hussain Rimi edited a book titled "Tajuddin Ahmad: Aloker Anantadhara", a collection of reminiscences by eminent personalities who knew the former first Prime Minister of Bangladesh. Among these http://archive.thedailystar.net/2007/04/17/d70417060481.htm were Ataur Rahman Khan, Arham Siddique, Amir Ul Islam, Abul Mal Abdul Muhit, Abu Osman Chowdhury, Ali Tareque, Abu Sayeed Chowdhury, AK Khandakar, Kafil Uddin Mahmud, KF Rustamjee, Khan Sarwar Murshed, Golok Majumdar, Bahauddin Chowdhury, Nurul Islam, Matiur Rahman, Nurul Kader, M Wahiduzzaman, Mir Shawkat Ali, Rafiquddin Bhuiyan and Shamsur Rahman Khan.
The publication ceremony was held at Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium at the National Museum in the capital Dhaka.
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