The death of Hasan Azizul Haque, an irreparable loss for Bengali literature
Professor Hasan Azizul Haque was one of the fictional writers who enriched Bengali literature and he was one of the leading writers of Bengali literature. He was simultaneously a university professor, free thinker, fiction writer, short story writer, novelist and prolific writer. Hasan Azizul Haque was a writer who wrote against injustice throughout his life, defended the truth and at the same time gained international recognition as a free thinker and philosopher. He was passionate about the philosophy of Marx, and at the same time he believed in the dialectical method of Socrates, and by applying this dialectical method of Socrates, he kept himself involved in the search for truth until 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 him and apply them in social life. He was a prolific writer and fiction writer, but he was used to a very simple life and liked to be involved in any progressive movement.
He was involved in all democratic movements and spontaneously participated in demonstrations against injustice. Hasan Azizul Haq was a writer who was able to portray the human character in his writings in a very artistic and philosophical way. Life-related writings gave him a unique place in Bengali literature and he was a progressive writer who never hid his own philosophy and political beliefs. His contribution is not limited to writing. He spontaneously participated in various progressive and friendly programs and delivered many important speeches. He was a true patriotic writer and he took a strong stand against corruption all his life. He very artistically portrayed how corruption undermines a state and a society and how corruption destroys humanity. Professor Hassan Azizul Haque was one of the psychological refuges for many young people and he was a great inspiration and a true guide for young people. He firmly believed in the truth, and in his natural instincts he was truthful and had the ability to face any adversity.
He managed to convince the younger generation that the problems of life would come and that they needed intelligence, wisdom, strategy and courage to face these problems. This Marxist writer believed that life was a battleground where there was no possibility of spending 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 find out the truth by questioning the man in front of him dialectically 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 society symbolically and aesthetically.
Hasan Azizul Haque loved to write on various aspects of Bengali literature, but he never looked forward to the award, but he won many awards, including the Bangla Academy Award, the Ekushey Padak Award and other awards, including the Swadhinata Award. His dynamic personality, his philosophical conscience, his instinctive eloquence, his always cheerfulness, his humanity, his infinite culture, his purity and his values ââmade him great. He has always opposed imperialism, fascism and the consumer system and propagated the communist philosophy. He believed that every human being should discover their own inner self and correspond to all that exists in the clear light of intellect and reason. He wrote non-stop in Bengali literature and his writings were about humanism, religion and morality, communitarianism, democracy, etc. Hasan Azizul Haq believed that the society was suffering from a profound illness and people in the society should know the cause. disease and if they did not know it, society would never turn around and go on the path of destruction. This famous professor and thinker retired from the Philosophy Department at Rajshahi University in 2004 and came to the Bangabandhu Chair at Dhaka University in 2009.
He received an honorary D-Litt degree from 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 offered many fundamental writings to the Bengali nation. These 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 has been tortured by the Pakistani 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 for the first novel covers the undivided North Bengal region and a large timeline. In this novel, he identifies epidemic, famine, sectarian division, religious riots, partition of the country and various other issues in a very artistic way.
He won the Ananda Prize in 2008 for this novel and has received many other awards including Sahitya Ratna. Professor Hasan Azizul Haque believed that Bangladesh’s education system was not complete and had many kinds of flaws. He was of the opinion that the education system should be organized in such a way that the deserving ones are created so that the deserving ones play other roles in the building of the country and the nation. He hated non-ideal politics extremely, this renowned professor believed that the filth and corruption inside politics would lead society to destruction at some point.
His Agunpakhi story makes him a unique place in Bengali literature because in this story he sheds light on the post-WWI and post-Russian revolution period, WWII and fascism, colonialism, religious riots, the partition of India, the famine of 1943 and various other complex issues. He would have been able to articulate a wide range of contemporary issues and complexities in a literal way that other writers could not easily have 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, humanism and fair politics. He has always spoken out against activism, fundamentalism and bigotry, and has written repeatedly with Courage and Fearlessness. Social inequality, social degradation, injustice, various obstacles to the development of ethnicity appeared in his writings and that is why he became a popular writer among readers.
As a true intellectual, Professor Hasan Azizul Haque has always known how to maintain his neutrality. He never gave up on his personality. Religious misinterpretation, religious orthodoxy, religious blindness and how religious extremism pushes people back and creates activism and he exemplifies it beautifully in his writings.
Hasan Azizul Haq is no longer with us but he has left behind his countless immortal creations and his immortal creations will cross the hearts of readers.
The author is Assistant Professor, BAF Shaheen College, Kurmitola, Dhaka Cantonment.