Response to “Humayun Azad’s Death”

Farida Majid
The petty liar fetches a more monsterous liar (Ayi Bahar Mela) to fend his lies. How does the messianic mission of spreading lies serve these liars by posting garbled text? Very peculiar! But you wouldn’t expect LOGIC from one who believes in the existence of Bakshal lurking behind every person who refuses to believe in his lies.

As for the distortions on Humayun Azad, almost every bit of information he indulged on is slanderous and proven falsehood. Humayun was, to the utter dismay of his enemy camp, a very popular teacher at DU. His students, men and women, really loved him. In fact, his followers and ‘bhokto’ were spread all over the country. After the gruesome attack on him at the boi mela that almost killed him, there were protest marches around the country with the banner “Amra ki ei Bangladesh cheyecchilam?” — a title of one his books of essays and columns. So Ayi Bahar’s crude and cruel hint at Humayun being anti-Bangladesh and an Indian dalal is based solely on Humayun’s fierce opposition to Islamic fundamentalism. Bahar blithely equates anti-fundamentalism with anti-Islam (which Humayun was not), which is then automatically equated with being an Indian dalal. Therefore, Humayun deserved the attempted murder from a ‘pro-Bangladeshi’, a diabolically communal, anti-Indian person, somewhat like Abid Bahar himself.

Though he loved a lubricated ‘adda’, Humayun was not known as a drunken slob, and was not a womanizer kind that is quite common in the ‘antel’ circle of Dhaka. The current VC, Prof. Arefin, Humayun’s former colleague, once spoke at a meeting of Humayun’s popularity among his students resting on his moral integrity, his fearlessness about speaking the truth rather than on any other pretensions.

Humayun Azad’s scholarly contribution towards the field of Bangla language and liguistic studies is really enormous and perhaps second only to Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah. He has several books of his own Ph D. research findings besides being the compiler and editor of a 2-vol collection of essays on Bangla language over a period of 100 years. Altogether he was the author of more than 80 books by the time of his untimely death. There is not a single mature person in Bangladesh in his/her right mind who would question Humayun’s outstanding talent and achievements. Leave it to the depravity of Abid Bahar to ask: “Was he an ambitious person wanted to become internally famous than he deserved?”

Abid Bahar tries a bit of self-advertisement by saying how he himself had written on religious fundamentalism. Introducing his concocted cockamamie about Humayun with a quote from John Donne’s famous sermon at St Paul is truly nauseating since it soon becomes apparent that Ayi Bahar is Punch-happy about Humayun’s untimely demise, and may very well have been closely associated with the group who organized the ghastly chapati assault on Humayun on 25th February, 2004.

Farida Majid
E Mail :


Humayan Azad’s death

Abid Bahar from Canada

Ref :Humayun Azad dies of natural causes: German police
spokesman Dieter Groebner said. “There is absolutely no evidence of any violence,”

“Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind…” Humayan Azad’s death diminishes me too. “Therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls,: it tolls for thee.”

In the past I also have written some articles on religious fundamentalism. I was worried after they were published. My intention was not to incite the fundamentalists but to let prople know, the voters know that their ideas are primitive. It is to educate people to make their choices. Humayan Azad’s was different.

In his work “PAK SAR JAMIN SAD BAD,” he was a provocatour, inciter. He was bitting the leg of a mad dog; he was an adult working like a child playing with fire not to extinguish it with water but to add fuel. Why was he doing it? Was he an ambitious person wanted to become internally famous than he deserved? Was he anti Islamic person, anti Bangladeshi? Was he working for an outside group? Did he like to create more negative news about Bangladesh than it can presently afford?

Was he misguiding the youth? As a teacher did he write to educate people or to incite the fundamentalists? Was he a patriot? Was he a desperate angry man following the footsteps of Taslima Nasrin? Are there some common patterns? As a Bangladeshi in my present home away from home, I keep thinking about those questions as I think also about the loss of a father and a husband and the future of Bangladesh.

Abid Bahar

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