by Our Correspondent in Dhaka;-
Rashid Haider, a leading Bangladeshi Independence War researcher and author, passed away on Tuesday of old-age ailments, his family said. He was 79.
He was ill for a long time and he was buried at the Azimpur Graveyard after Janaza.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has deeply condoled his death.
Roktodhara’71, an organisation representing children and grandchildren of 1971 war martyrs, also deeply condoled his death and recalled his contribution in listing the unknown martyred freedom fighters and intellectuals of the Bangladesh War in his book series called “Smriti Ekattor.”
A former Director General of the Nazrul Academy and his time as a director of the Bangla Academy will be well remembered by the families of martyts of the 1971 War for his book “Smiriti Ekattor.” His other literary works include Khancay (Inside the Cage, 1975), Nashta Josnay Ekon Aranya (What Forest is this in the Spoilt Moonlight, 1982), Sadh Ahlad (Yearnings, 1985).Andha Kathamala (Blind Words, 1987), Asamabriksha (Unequal Trees, 19897), Mabuhai (1988)
Rashid Haider was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2014, besides the Bangla Academy Literary Award (1984), Nedhushah Literary Prize (1987), Humayun Qadir Prize (1987) and the Agrani Bank Prize (1982)