Renowned Bangladeshi journalist and writer Santosh Gupta`s 94th birth anniversary today. This person with great erudition was born on January 9, 1925, in Runsi village, Jhalokati district, Bengal Presidency, British India.
After losing his father in childhood he and his mother had to face hardship. Although the poverty was his constant companion, his passion for reading books started to be deeper from his very childhood. He amazed his teacher by memorizing 44 poems of Rabindranath at once. Along with Rabindranath, he read books of Maxim Gorky, Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Swami Vivekananda, and Kazi Nazrul Islam. He started reading Ramayana and Mahabharata at the age of only six. Such intense intimacy to study of a boy in that small surroundings was really astonishing.
Santosh Gupta started his career in 1944 during the Second World War in the IG prison office in the Writers` Building in Kolkata. During the Partition, Santosh Gupta shifted to Bangladesh (then East Pakistan). He had been introduced to the Communist Party during his stay in Kolkata. After coming to Dhaka, he renewed the connection with the party again. Santosh Gupta was posted in the IG office of the jail department.
Within a year of the establishment of Pakistan, repression came down on the Communist Party and Sardar Fazlul Karim, Md. Abdul Bari, Santosh Gupta, and his mother had been detained. At that time, he managed to get release, but later he was jailed for three more times. After being released from jail, he joined `The Daily Sangbad` in 1957. He also worked on `Daily Azad`. He was re-arrested at the beginning of Ayub`s military rule in 1958. In 1971, Santosh Gupta was working in the Information Department of Expatriate Bangladesh Government. Even till the last day of his life, he was working as a `senior assistant editor` of the Daily Sangbad.
After the brutal assassination of Father of the Nation and the `National Four Leaders of Bangladesh` in 1975, Santosh Gupta stood for non-communalism and democracy. He expected that time the leftists of Bangladesh will come forward on their own initiative to protest such unjust. But he became frustrated and agitated after seeing the narrowness of the leftist leaders of that time. But he still remained firm in his belief and ideology.
Santosh Gupta`s writing was popular among the readers. He wrote sometimes under the pen name Aniruddha. He wrote 14 books on topics related to poetry, art, painting, politics, and literature. In all national newspapers of the country, his articles, columns and critical articles were published on various topics. He also translated Shelley`s poems and Shakespeare`s sonnet. Many of which were looted during the riots in 1964.
Santosh Gupta has received several awards including Ekushey Padak,Independence Day Award, Sher-e-Bangla Padak, Maulana TarkabagishPadak, Jahur Hossain Memorial Padak. He died on 6 August 2004.