Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Swadhinata Padak and Ekushey Padak winning National Professor, Bangla Academy Chairman and noted scholar Rafiqul Islam.
In a message of condolence, she said, “He will remain alive as a bright luminary in the field of Bangla literature and research.”
The prime minister said that Rafiqul, being a participant and witness of the Language Movement and Liberation War, penned down the history of those events which are great assets for Bangla literature.
Sheikh Hasina said Rafiqul’s contribution to the research on National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam is exceptional.
The premier added that the literary works of the noted writer and researcher will always inspire the nation regarding the spirit of the Liberation War and patriotism.
“With his demise, I have lost my teacher and a guardian. Inspiration and guidance from my favourite teacher on nationally important matters have given me strength to go ahead,” she said.
The premier said he upheld the values of the Father of the Nation wholeheartedly and conducted various activities with efficiency to make the Mujib Borsho programmes a success.
She prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family.
Rafiqul Islam breathed his last around 2:30 pm today at Dhaka’s Evercare Hospital.