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Hasan Azizul Haque’s death, an irreparable loss to Bengali literature

Hasan Azizul Haq was a writer who always loved the man in front of him and tried to discover the truth by asking the man in front of him in a dialectical manner but he never embarrassed him. He was a powerful writer who could read the human mind and accurately represent the feelings hidden inside the human mind.
Majhar Mannan
Hasan Azizul Haque’s death, an irreparable loss to Bengali literature

Professor Hasan Azizul Haque was one of the fiction writers who enriched Bengali literature and he was one of the leading writers of Bengali literature. He was simultaneously a university professor, free thinker, a fiction writer, short story writer, novelist and a prolific writer. Hasan Azizul Haque was a writer who wrote against injustice throughout his life, stood up for the truth and at the same time gained international recognition as a free thinker and philosopher. He was a devotee of Marx's philosophy, and at the same time he believed in the dialectical method of Socrates, and by applying that dialectical method of Socrates he kept himself involved in the search for truth till the last day of his life. Like the philosopher Socrates, Professor Hassan Azizul Haq believed that every human being should first discover the truths hidden in them and apply them in social life. He was a prolific writer and fiction writer, yet he was accustomed to a very simple life and liked to be involved in any progressive movement.

He has been involved in all democratic movements and has spontaneously participated in protests against injustice. Hasan Azizul Haq was a writer who was able to portray human character in his writings in a very artistic and philosophical way. Life related writings have given him a unique place in Bengali literature and he was a progressive writer who never hid his own political philosophy and beliefs. His contribution was not limited to writing. He spontaneously participated in various progressive and people-friendly programmes and gave many important speeches there. He was a true patriotic writer and he has taken a strong stand against corruption all his life. He portrayed in a very artistic way how corruption undermines a state and society and how corruption destroys humanity. Professor Hassan Azizul Haque was one of the psychological shelters of many young people and he was a great inspiration and a true guide for young people. He was a staunch believer in truth, and in his natural instincts he was truthful and had the ability to deal with any adversity.

He was able to convince the younger generation that life's problems would come and that they needed intelligence, wisdom, strategy and courage to deal with those problems. This Marxist writer believed that life was a battlefield where there was no opportunity to spend time blindfolded and he believed that one should always acquire the strength to avoid adversity in the course of life. Hasan Azizul Haq was a writer who always loved the man in front of him and tried to discover the truth by asking the man in front of him in a dialectical manner but he never embarrassed him. He was a powerful writer who could read the human mind and accurately represent the feelings hidden inside the human mind. He was an eloquent philosopher and in many seminars he became famous for his famous speech and he could represent the problems of the society symbolically and aesthetically.

Hasan Azizul Haque loved to write about various aspects of Bengali literature but he never looked forward to the award but he has won many awards including Bangla Academy Award, Ekushey Padak Award, and other awards including Swadhinata Award. His dynamic personality, philosophical consciousness, instinctive eloquence, always cheerfulness, humanity, infinite culture, purity and values ​​made him great. He has always stood against imperialism, fascism and the system of consumerism and propagated the communist philosophy. He believed that every human being should discover his own inner self and match everything that exists in the clear light of intellect and reason. He has written non-stop in Bengali literature and his writings were about humanism, religion and morality, communalism, democracy etc. Hasan Azizul Haq believed that the society was suffering from a deep disease and the people of the society should know the cause of this disease and if they failed to know then the society would never turn around and go on the path of destruction. This famous professor and thinker retired from the philosophy department of Rajshahi University in 2004 and he came to Dhaka University Bangabandhu Chair in 2009.

He was awarded honorary D-Litt degree by Assam University of India in 2012 and Rajshahi University in 2018 for his outstanding contribution in various fields of social state research. Hasan Azizul Haque has gifted many fundamental writings to the Bengali nation. They are- Jibon Ghose Agun, Atmoja O Akti Karibi Gaach, Agunpakhi, Namhin-gotrahin etc.

Hasan Azizul Haque has been involved in progressive student politics since his student days and he was tortured by the Pak army. His popularity as a novelist and short story writer is widespread. He started writing in the 1960s, writing the first novel in 2006 and the background of the first novel covers the northern region of undivided Bengal and a large chronology. In this novel, he identifies the epidemic, the famine, the sectarian division, the religious riots, the partition of the country and various other problems in a very artistic way.

He won the Ananda Award in 2008 for this novel and was given many other awards including Sahitya Ratna. Professor Hasan Azizul Haque thought that the education system of Bangladesh is not complete and there are many kinds of defects in it. He was of the view that the education system should be organized in such a way that the meritorious were created so that the meritorious would play other roles in the building of the country and the nation. He extremely disliked by non-ideal politics, this renowned professor thought that the filth and corruption that was going on inside politics would lead the society to destruction at some point.

His story Agunpakhi makes him a unique place in Bengali literature because in this story he highlights the post-World War I and post-Russian Revolution period, World War II and fascism, colonialism, the religious riots,  the partition of India, the 1943 famine and various other complex issues. He would have been able to articulate a wide range of contemporary problems and complexities in a literal way that other writers could not have easily grasped. Hasan Azizul Haque's works were not limited to the country but his writings became very popular abroad. Many of his literary works have been translated into different languages. He believed in liberal democracy, secularism and humanism and fair politics. He has always been vocal against militancy, fundamentalism and sectarianism, and has written endlessly with Courage and Fearlessness. Social inequality, social degradation, injustice, various obstacles in the way of development of ethnicity have come to light in his writings and this is why he has become a popular writer among the readers.

As a true intellectual, Professor Hasan Azizul Haque has always been able to maintain his neutrality. He has never given up his personality. Religious misinterpretation, religious orthodoxy, religious blindness, and how religious extremism push people backwards and create militancy and he beautifully illustrates it in his writings.

Hasan Azizul Haq is no more with us but he has left behind his innumerable immortal creations and his immortal creations will pass through the heart of the readers.

The writer is Assistant Professor, B A F Shaheen College, Kurmitola, Dhaka Cantonment.
 

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