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GC Dev: A naive philanthropist and humanistphilosopher

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Published on : 01 February 2019, 08:24 AM
GC Dev: A naive philanthropist and humanistphilosopher

In exchange for millions of lives in a 9-month long bloody war, we got our independence. The entire nation had to pay a heavy price to get the recognition. It is impossible to get compensation of what we lost in 1971. Pakistan has planned to cripple Bangladesh in a planned way, and that`s why they attacked on the brain of the nation—our intellectuals.

Govinda Chandra Dev alias GC Dev`s name can be found in blood-soaked history of Bangladesh. This sportive, naive, and meritorious personality was killed in the first hour of March 26, 1971 at his own resident by Pakistani hyenas. Even before getting shot he tried to stop them by saying `Good sense, good sense` by lifting two hands up. His good mind and sensitivity could not protect him from the savage that day.

Dr. GC Dev, a popular Professor of Philosophy of Dhaka University, was born in the village of Lauta of the Panchakhanda Pargana (currently Beanibazar Upazila) of Sylhet District, East Bengal (now Bangladesh) on 1 February 1907. His ancestors were high-caste Brahmins who settled in Sylhet from Gujarat. He is better known as GC Dev.

From his very childhood GC Dev was a meritorious student. In 1929 he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Sanskrit College and in 1931, he received his Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Calcutta. GC Dev received his PhD from Calcutta University in 1944.

Dev started his career as a teacher of Calcutta Ripon College. While Ripon College was shifted from Calcutta to Dinajpur during the World War II, he also came to Dinajpur. But after the war, he decided to stay in Dinajpur and joined the Surendranath College (now Dinajpur Government College) as the founding Principal. Later, in July 1953, he joined the Department of Philosophy at Dhaka University. He also served as the house tutor of Dhaka hall (present Shahidullah Hall) in 1957, later in the same year he took over the responsibility of Provost of Jagannath Hall. Dr. Dev took charge of the Chairman post of Philosophy Department in 1963 and got his promotion as Professor in 1967.

In the late sixties, Dr. Dev taught at Wilkes-Barre College in Pennsylvania, USA as a visiting professor. Within a short time, he gained immense popularity there and his admirers in the college founded `The Govinda Dev Foundation for World Brotherhood for the propagation of Dev`s humanist philosophy`.

Dr. Dev has served as general secretary of Pakistan Philosophical Congress from 1960 to his death. Besides, Dr Dev donated all his belongings to the University of Dhaka to promote humanist philosophy. Later this donation facilitated the establishment of Center for Philosophical Studies (DCPS) at Dhaka University in 1980. GC Dev was posthumously awarded the Ekushey Padak in 1985 and the Independence Day Award in 2008.

GC Dev returned from the US to his country in 1971 leaving all the luxury and the `American Dream` behind for the sake of his country and his people. After knowing the fact that his life would be in danger in Pakistan, he refused to leave his country. Even in 1971, he expressed solidarity with the independence movement. He lived his life in this land and died here. Today marks his 112nd birth anniversary. Bangla Insider expresses utmost respect and reverence to this unfaded soul on his birth anniversary.

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