Today marks the 17th death anniversary of eminent journalist, author and obsolete Bangladesh Times editor Mahbub Anam. He died on this day of 2001 at the age of 70.
Mahbub Anam, the son of satirist and politician Abul Mansur Ahmed and elder brother of The Daily Star editor and publisher Mahfuz Anam, was born on 28 March 1931.
Anam was actively involved in politics from his student life. He was the acting publications secretary of the Jukta Front on behalf of Awami League in 1954 and also was the general secretary of Salimullah Muslim Hall of Dhaka University in 1954-55. He actively participated in language movement. As a contributor to this Movement, he received awards like `Bhasha Andoloner Bir Sainik Padak`and `Matribhasha Padak` by Tamaddun Majlish.
In his colorful career Mahbub Anam performed his duty as a senior executive of the Pakistan Observer, editor of Bangladesh Times and Senior Vice President of the Bangladesh Editor`s Council. He was actively involved with the Bangladesh Press Council and Bangladesh News Agency Management Board. He was awarded the Independence Day Award, Sher-e-Bangla Gold Medal, Moulana Akram Khan Gold Medal for his outstanding contribution in journalism.
Anam also served as the general manager of Jamuna Oil Company and the director of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation.
Mahbub Anam is the author of many books that represent the culture and political identity of Bangladesh. Among them `Amra Bangladeshi Amra Bangalee` and `Itihasher Shikriti Bonam Bikriti` are notable. He served as the president of the Nattyamancho Bangladesh and Bangladesh Sahitya Sangskriti Kendro and was involved with Bangladesh Film Censor Board and Bangladesh Public Library Special Committee.
On the death anniversary of this ambidextrous personality we remember him with great respect.