Today is the second anniversary of the passing away of eminent educationist Professor Syed Moqsud Ali. Born in 1925, Prof. Ali served as chairman of the Department of Political Science of Dhaka University and Dean of Social Sciences. He was also chairman of the Political Science Association.
In his youth, Syed Moqsud Ali was associated with socio-political and cultural activities as a student of Dhaka University. He was literary editor at DUCSU in 1949. For his immense contributions to publications on political science, he was awarded the Sher-e-Bangla Gold Medal in 1996.
Among Ali's significant publications are 'Rashtrobigyan' (Bangla Academy, 1966); 'Plato'r Republic' (translation, Bangla Academy, 1973); 'Forashi Biplobuttor Rashtrochinta' (Dhaka University, 1990); 'Rajniti O Rashtrochintaye Upomohadesh' (Bangla Academy, 1988); 'Markin Shorkarer Ruprekha' (translation, Ahmed Publishing, Dhaka, 1985) and 'Shaatpurusher Itikotha' (an academic's autobiographical narrative). Ali's short stories include 'Nil Paharer Churha', 'Kajolbanu' and others. He achieved the award for the best radio play with 'Aladin-er Cherag' in 1949.
Professor Syed Moqsud Ali was predeceased by his wife Prof. Nurunnahar Fyzennessa. They are survived by their children --- Syed Saad Andaleeb, Vice Chancellor, Brac University; Sadya Afreen Mallick, prominent Nazrul exponent and Editor Arts and Entertainment, The Daily Star; Nazia Jabeen, writer and associated with Braille publications; and Zia Sayeed, a computer engineer based in Canada.
On the occasion of Prof. Ali's death anniversary, prayers were offered at the local mosque in his ancestral village Sujabad in Barisal as well as his residence in Gulshan, Dhaka. Family, friends and his fans attended the prayer sessions.