Awami League`s bond with the writers, intellectuals, artists and freedom fighters is historical. The role of writers, artists, and intellectuals in the development and movement of Awami League is undeniable. The Founding Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had a different level of bond with the artists and writers. He often spent time and entertained them. Artists, journalists, and intellectuals were the great source of power of Awami League during the non-cooperation movement of 69, 1970`s election and 1971`s Liberation War. From Abdul Jabbar to Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury, all had an intimate connection with Bangabandhu. Even the journalists with a different opinion were in touch with Bangabandhu. Nirmal Sen`s autobiographical book, `Amar Jobanbondi` (My Testimony) mentions many events of Bangabandhu`s generosity and love.
After the tragic death of the Founding Father of the Nation, the progressive writers, artists, and intellectuals of this country had a great contribution to keeping the spirit of the liberation war alive. Nirmalendu Goon, Rafiq Azad, Belal Chowdhury`s poems had the voice of protest against the killing of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. There was a dissenting voice in literature and drama. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the daughter of Bangabandhu, followed the footsteps of her father by keeping good relation with the artists, littérateur, and intellectuals. Sheikh Hasina used to save her time for the poets, writers, and artists. She used to sit and talk with them.
However, nowadays, Awami League created a distance with the biggest products of free thinking. The liberals often speak in frustration that Awami League no longer gives priority to the artists, writers, and intellectuals, its priority is the minions. Recently, a number of intellectuals have demanded to stop the extrajudicial killings in the government’s anti-drug campaign. Dr. Anisuzzaman was in the top position who put the signature in this petition. This veteran educationist is not only a person who holds the spirit of liberation war but is also admired as a progressive person. He was inducted as a National Professor by the Awami League Government in 2018. He is also the teacher of Sheikh Hasina. If Awami League had good communication and coordination with him, he would not have made such an embarrassing statement. Human rights activist Sultana Kamal is also very close to the prime minister. She is the daughter of Begum Sufia Kamal and has a family connection with the prime minister. Those who held the spirit of Liberation War and Bangabandhu in crisis, Sultana Kamal is one of them. However, she is seen to be criticizing the government on various issues. NGO activist Khushi Kabir was made the Director of Sonali Bank in 1996 when Awami League came to power. Now, Khushi Kabir is a critique of the government as well. When the photographer Shahidul Alam was arrested, Khusi was seen with his family. Professor Abul Barkat was close and confident of the prime minister. After Awami League came to power, he was made the chairman of Janata Bank. But now, he has a distance with the government. Many writers and artists say that those who stayed beside Awami League in its bad days have been pushed away. Nobody cares until they fall sick. Such a situation is not good for Awami League. The well-wishers of Awami League believe the artists, writers, and intellectuals are Awami League’s great power. Therefore, it should promptly cut the distance with them.