Haroon Habib

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Haroon Habib
Born (1948-01-01)1 January 1948
Dewanganj, Jamalpur, Bangladesh
Occupation Writer, journalist, columnist
Language Bengali, English
Nationality Bangladesh
Education Master of Arts (Journalism)
Alma mater University of Dhaka

Haroon Habib (Bengali: হারুন হাবীব; born 1 January 1948) is a writer, journalist and columnist of Bangladesh who is well known for his bold independent writings. A powerful voice in journalism,[1][2][3] creative writings and social activism for last three and half decades, he took part in the country's Liberation War in 1971 as a student guerrilla fighter and simultaneously worked as war correspondent[4] of the Joy Bangla weekly and Swadhin Bangla Beter Kendra radio, the two official mouthpieces of the provisional Mujibnagar government, that led the country's independence war.

Early life

Habib, the only son of the middle class Bengali Muslim parents,[citation needed] was born 1 January 1948 at Dewanganj in Jamalpur, a northern Bangladesh district.[4] He obtained early education from local Dewangonj Co-operative High School and Aseque Mahmud College, Jamalpur,[citation needed] and got his master's degree in Journalism from the University of Dhaka in 1974. He did post-graduate study at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi.[4][5]

Career

Habib is one of the few freedom fighters who joined journalism returning from the warfronts in early 1972 soon after the devastating war that turned the former eastern wing of Pakistan as Bangladesh. He first joined as a reporter in the Bangladesh Press International (BPI), a smaller news agency that began operation after the new country was born,[citation needed] and later joined Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), the premier national news agency, run by the state.

Spanning over three decades, he served the wire service in various journalistic capacities and finally led the national news agency as its editor-in-chief and managing director.[6] Habib is also the Dhaka correspondent of India's prestigious English daily The Hindu[7] and Frontline magazine for over two decades. He contributed to TIME as the magazine's stringer based in Dhaka, and worked for nearly 10 years as Bangladesh correspondent of the Bengali Service of the German radio – Deutsche Welle. A popular columnist, he writes regular columns in the leading Bangladesh and regional newspapers. He now leads Journalism & Peace Foundation (JPF), an organisation he founded for making journalism peace oriented.

Literary work

A well-known short story writer, novelist and essayist, Habib authored many books, some of them are highly rated.[citation needed] His major literary works is primarily set on the theme of nation's struggle for secular identity and the events of the War of Liberation, in which 3 million people were killed and over three hundred thousand women raped by marauding Pakistan army and their local Islamist goons. For outstanding contribution to literature, he got 'Bangla Academy Literary Award' for 2013[8] and the 'Katha Sahitya Kendra Award', among others.[citation needed]

Social activism

A leading civil society proponent, Habib is closely involved in social activism, particularly in the secular 'Pro-Liberation' campaign that he feels urgently to protect Bangladesh from the clutch of fanaticism and Islamist militancy. He is one of the leading voices in Bangladesh for the trial of the 'War Criminals' who perpetrated worst crimes against unarmed civilians as cohorts of the marauding Pakistan army during the nation's Liberation War in 1971. Currently, he is leading the Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF), a national platform of 1971 war veterans, for restoration of the country's secular identity and hold trial of the War Criminals as the forum's secretary general.[citation needed]

Family

A permanent resident in Dhaka, Habib is married to Asma Parveen Rochi and they have two children: Homayra Parveen Shukla and Tanvir Habib Shuvo. He has two sisters: Ferdowsy Kawser and G F Nurunnessa Shaheen.[citation needed]

Major works

Novels and short stories

Name Description Language
Sonali Eagle -O- Udbastu Shomoy : সোনালী ইগল ও উদ্বাস্তু সময় an autobiographical novel on the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971[4] Bengali
Choto Golpo Samagra 1971 : ছোটগল্প সমগ্র ১৯৭১ short story collection Bengali
Bidrohi –O- Apon Padabali : বিদ্রোহী ও আপন পদাবলী short story collection Bengali
Lal Shirt –O- Pitripurus : লাল শার্ট ও পিতৃপুরুষ short story collection Bengali
Muktijuddho  : Nirbachito Golpo : মুক্তিযুদ্ধ : নির্বাচিত গল্প selected short stories of Bangladesh Liberation War 1971 Bengali
Sarnapakkha Eagle : স্বর্ণপক্ষ ইগল short story collection Bengali
Prio Juddha Priotamo : প্রিয় যুদ্ধ প্রিয়তম novel Bengali
Panch Purush : পাঁচ পুরুষ novel Bengali
Ganplo Saptak : গল্পসপ্তক short story collection Bengali
Andho Lathial : অন্ধ লাঠিয়াল short story collection Bengali
Antoshila : অন্তশিলা novel Bengali
Nirbasita Niharbanu : নির্বাসিতা নীহারবানু novel Bengali

Essays, reviews and memoirs

Name Description Language
Muktijuddho Palabodoler Itihas : মুক্তিযুদ্ধ : পালাবদলের ইতিহাস a collection of essays and columns Bengali
Muktijuddha –Dateline Agartala : মুক্তিযুদ্ধ : ডেটলাইন আগরতলা a book on contribution of Tripura, a tiny Indian state, in Bangladesh Liberation War Bengali
Muktijuddho Bijoy –O- Berthota : মুক্তিযুদ্ধ : বিজয় ও ব্যর্থতা a collection of essays and memoirs Bengali
Janajuddher Upakkhan : জনযুদ্ধের উপাখ্যান a memoir of Bangladesh Liberation War Bengali
Prottokkhodorsir Chukhe Muktijuddho : প্রত্যক্ষদর্শীর চোখে মুক্তিযুদ্ধ an eye witness reports of Bangladesh Liberation War Bengali
Muktijuddher Nirbachito Probondho : মুক্তিযুদ্ধের নির্বাচিত প্রবন্ধ a collection of essays on Bangladesh Liberation War Bengali
Juddhaporadhider Bichar –O- Prasongik Probondho : যুদ্ধাপরাধীদের বিচার ও প্রাসঙ্গিক প্রবন্ধ a collection of essays Bengali
Bangladesh Blood and Brutality ISBN 9789847390116 a collection of Pakistani genocide and rape English
Bangladesh Genocide 1971 a compilation of major reports on Pakistani genocide and rape English
Looking Beyond Boundaries
India-Bangladesh Relations: War Crimes trial and Islamist Militancy
a volume of essays and commentaries English

Plays and documentation

Name Description Language
Agrajjho Dandatsob play Bengali
Poster Ekattur play Bengali
Ekatturer Jatree an album of rare front line photographs of 1971 War snapped by Haroon Habib[4] Bengali

References

  1. ^ Habib, Haroon (30 August 2011). "Historic opportunity to be part of new future". The Hindu. 
  2. ^ Habib, Haroon (25 January 2012). "Lessons from the coup that failed". The Hindu. 
  3. ^ Habib, Haroon (17 May 2012). "No alternative to bold steps". The Hindu. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Khan, Tamanna (8 January 2010). "Ekatturer Jatri: A walk through our glorious past". Star Weekend Magazine. The Daily Star. 
  5. ^ Babul, Mostafa (1 February 2014). মুক্তিযুদ্ধভিত্তিক সাহিত্যে বাংলা একাডেমি পুরস্কার পেলেন হারুন হাবীব [Academy Prize for literature, Bengali liberation Harun Habib]. jamalpurbarta24.com. Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Haroon Habib gets back BSS job as special correspondent". bdnews24.com. 20 August 2007. 
  7. ^ Habib, Haroon (25 February 2006). "Chinese fighter planes for Bangladesh". The Hindu. 
  8. ^ "Helal Hafiz gets Bangla Academy award for poetry". banglamail24.com. 3 February 2014. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. 
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