Tales unheard of 1971
Winston Churchill said, "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." In this perspective, a young writer like a candle, Izaz Ahmed Milon. has written a book of history of many unsung heroes who were really in the ground of the 1971 War.
His book, the real stories as the part of Liberation War history, named as 1971 Birsito Shei Shob Shahid (Forgotten War Heroes of 1971) is not written on the basis of direct interaction of the people who were involved very closely with 1971.
George Gordon Byron said truly "They never fail who die in a great cause." In his book he described about the Shahid Amzad Hossain Morol --- a young rebel. He had seen the dreams to marry according to the expectation of his father and mother, but on condition: if victory is achieved. Unfortunately, he died at the time of the war. Further, we come to know Shahid Sirajul Islam: "His life was the struggle and war for his own as well as of Bangladesh. At last he was victories by sacrificing his life for the freedom of this country."
Moving ahead, Shahid Manik Mia and Shaleha Akhter got just married and one night everything collapsed by the Pak Bahini. The new life of Shaleha was raped.
Another story of the Shahid Muktijoddha Khondoker Abul Khair has been peen where his son crying out loud: "I have not found yet the death body of my father and where it is no one can say. Sometimes I think if I would see the grave of my father, I would like to pray for him to the God. Now I realize That the every soil of my country is the symbol grave of my father."
The first Prime Minister of Bangladesh Shahid Tajuddin Ahmad noted the name of Shahid Abdul Baten Akondo in his personal diary as one of his dearest students.
The wife of Baten waited till the end of her life for her husband. Similarly, Shahid Mainuddin had an aim to be a doctor for the treatment of poor people of the country but turned out as a freedom fighter. After mine blasting, his death body was undertook by the soil of his motherland.
The writer Izaz Ahmed Milon, with his magic-pen, has arranged these heroic sacrificial poesy-tales. The writing of the book seems like Nokshikantha. Izaz Ahmed Milon is the poet and writer of the reality, imagination and love. Both of the combinations are cleared in his book.
Many renowned intellectuals expressed their views on the book. The prominent writer, journalist, columnist, political analyst and poet Abdul Gaffar Choudhury truly said about Milon that the writings of Izaz are very impressive. The famous poet Al Mahmud commented that the young poet like Izaz is the personality who deserves the credits at the end. The prominent writer, dramatist, screenwriter, and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed suggested to Izaz "Be concentrate on stories rather than poems." The renowned poet Nirmalendu Goon mentioned that this worthy book of Izaz can be used as an authentic source of future research. The eminent poet Mahadev Saha expressed that the poems of Izaz have impressed his feelings. Screenwriter, novelist, and journalist Anisul Hoque mentioned that Izaz is the poet of new days and they have lot of confidence to say the right one.
Izaz has written this book by realizing and putting himself with the Shahid family by a magical relationship. The book reflects the love, tragedy, victory, sacrifice, culture, confidence, relationship, memory, expectation, and history.
Editor Golam Sarwar said, in the preface: "It is expected that the writings of this book renders Muktijuddher Chetona to future generation."
Prof Dr Mohammad Asaduzzaman Chowdhury is Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET), Gazipur, Bangladesh