On June 18, an unfinished autobiography of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was released By the University Press Limited (UPL). The book titled “Ausamapta Atto-jiboni” has also been released in English as “The Unfinished Memoirs”, according to a UPL media release. The release said, “Sheikh Mujib penned this invaluable document during his time in jail through 1967-69.”
“In his memoirs,” it said, “Bangabandhu describes the context of writing it, and then he takes us back to the beginning – his lineage, birth and childhood, days in school and college, and social and political involvements.”
“The book progresses to recount the historical events the great leader experienced standing in the forefront – famine, communal riots in Kolkata and Bihar, partition, politics of Kolkata-centric State Muslim Student League and Muslim League…Pakistan central government’s discriminatory attitude and the Agartala conspiracy,” it said.
The book also has contents on all other integral aspects of Sheikh Mujib’s life in and out of prison, his parents, wife and children, and kin. At the book release, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stated, “It’s in the same condition as he (Sheikh Mujib) had written. It’s in the same condition as he (Sheikh Mujib) had written. We didn’t touch anything.” She added while trying to control her emotions, “They (notes) make me nostalgic. It was very painful to hand over the diary. It was ours to date, but it belongs to people now.”
UPL also stated that the book will simultaneously be published in India and Pakistan in collaboration with Penguin Books, India, and Oxford University Press, Pakistan. Moreover, the Oxford University Press has also finalised an Urdu translation of The Unfinished Memoirs to be published in July.
It is priced at Tk. 525 and Tk. 1,200 for the Bengali and English editions, respectively. The deluxe editions would cost Tk 650 for Bengali and Tk 1,500 for English.
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