Eminent writer, educationist and Emeritus Professor of Dhaka University Dr Anisuzzaman has been selected for India's Padma Bhushan award for his lifelong contribution to Bangla Literature and writings on 26th January the 65th Republic Day of India, confirmed a press release issued by Indian High Commission yesterday.
Padma Bhushan is the third highest civilian award of India.
"He is one of the leading intellectuals as well as academicians of Bangladesh who has acquired respect all over the world", said the high commission.
The president of India will confer the honour to the Bangladeshi scholar at a gala event at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, his official home in Delhi.
Born in Kolkata in 1937, Professor Anisuzzaman had a distinguished academic career at the University of Dhaka from where he obtained his BA (with honours in Bengali, 1956), MA (1957) and PhD (1962) degrees. He was a Post-doctoral Fellow at University of Chicago (1964-65) and a Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow at the University of London (1974-75).
He had been awarded the Ekushey Padak by Bangladesh government in 1985. He has received Bangla Academy Award and the Ananda Purashkar for his work in the field of Bengali Literature. In 2011 he received the Pandit Iswarchandra Vidyasagar Gold Plaque from the Asiatic Society of Kolkata.
Muslim Manos O Bangla Sahitya (1964), Munir Chowdhury (1975), Swaruper Sandhane (1976), Purono Bangla Gadya (1984), Aamar Ekattor (1997), Muktijudho Ebong Tarpor (1998), Aamar Chokh (1999), Kaal Nirobodhi (2003) etc are some of his mention worthy publications .
Professor Anisuzzaman was working for establishing a secular and non-communal Bangladesh. Twenty-five personalities have been named for the award and professor Anisuzzaman is one of the three foreigners along with two US-citizens.