The Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (FOSWAL) on March 26 conferred 'Special Literary Award' to Bangladesh’s Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for his trilogy- The Unfinished Memoirs, The Prison Diaries and New China 1952.
"Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature is honoured to present SAARC Literature Award- 2023 in its 63rd Literature Festival to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for outstanding literary excellence for his trilogy," said a citation before handing over the award, reports BSS.
Eminent Punjabi novelist and FOSWAL Founder President Ajeet Cour formally handed over the award to the visiting Bangladeshi writers and researchers Ramendu Majumder and Mofidul Haque at the festival.
SAARC Literary Award is an annual award conferred by the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (FOSWAL) since 2001.
The citation however, said, "Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, architect of Independent Bangladesh, 'Bangabandhu' to his people, is a towering figure of national liberation of oppressed people of the world. Like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther king he was brutally murdered by the forces of darkness, but no power on earth can erase him from history."
It added, "A new dimension of his life opened up when his long-lost prison diary and note book came to light and subsequently published".
The citation further said that the 'trilogy has great merit as a political document and a human testament written with love and compassion, by a man who changed the course of history and led his people to freedom'.
"It is the proud privilege of Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature to honour Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for outstanding literary excellence for his trilogy", it added.
The three-day regional literary conference of FOSWAL began in the Indian capital New Delhi this morning. A large number of eminent writers and literatures from the South East Asian region including Bangladesh have been participating in the conference.
Narrating the significance of opening the conference on the Independence Day of Bangladesh, Ajeet Cour earlier wrote a message saying the victory of Bangladesh in 1971 over Pakistan was not a small incident.
"It was a unique achievement through the most unique courage of conviction of the Father of the Bangla Nation; lovingly called 'Banga Bandhu', who fought like a lion for preserving tradition, culture and language! All that is more important to preserve a country's dignity than the life of any human being!" she wrote.
Ms. Cour also wrote, "People all over the globe have been fighting wars for lands and territories, for their independence for foreign oppression, or from Monarchs and Dictators. But the War of Liberation of Bangladesh was different and unique, because it was for preservation of the 'Vibrant Spirit of Man' which throbs and thrives only in its own culture and in its own language!"
In the message, she also said although Bangabandhu is not amongst us, but he left behind three valueable and thoughtful books for us. So, to pay respect to the great human being, he (Bangabandhu) is being honoured of the FASWAL literature festrival-2023.
Eminent writer Selina Hossain, Ramendu Majumder, Mohidul Haque and Mohit Kamal, among others, have been participating in the FOSWAL Regional Conference from Bangladesh.
Besides, Minister (Press) of Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi Shaban Mahmood and Consular (Political) Safiul Alam were present at the function on behalf of the high commission.