“Shahriar loved to see dreams for all good things and tried to realize them,” former Dhaka University (DU) Vice-Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique told the memorial service at the Jatiya Press Club auditorium.
Siddique, who taught Shahriar in the university’s mass communication and journalism department, said “Shahriar was someone with vision and mission. His demise caused an irreparable loss to the professional arena as well as his family” .
Emotions gripped the discussion as his university friends and colleagues in the mainstream media including Bangladesh Sangbad Sangsthsa (BSS), where Shahriar served as the managing editor, recalled his virtues as a human being and his affections and love for them alongside his professional pursuits and organizational capacity.
The speakers recalled his Sufi spiritual views of inclusiveness, love and universal brotherhood and said he tried to instill into the mind of others the sense of love as well.
They also reviewed his contribution to the studies of Liberation War that yielded 30 books, the documentation of particular battles based on concerned veterans’ interviews and region based battles alongside some documentaries to his credit.
Jatiya Press Club general secretary and Shahriar’s university classmate Farida Yasmin chaired the condolence meeting moderated by private news agency UNB’s chief news editor Mahfuzur Rahman while former BSS chief editors Mufakhkharul Anam and Azizul Islam Buiyan and former BSS chief news editor Swapan Kumar Saha recalled the memories of Shahriar’s induction and excellence as a journalist.
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) vice president Syed Ishtiaq Reza, Shahriar’s classmates former BSS City Editor Ajit Kumar Sarker, journalist M Rahmat Ali, BEPZA general manager Nazma Binte Alamgir, Banker Shawkat Aziz, BSS Chief News Editor Anisur Rahman, special correspondents Madhusudan Mandal, Anup Kumar Khastagir, DU’s Journalism Department professors Abdur Razzak Khan, Robaet Ferdous, Mafizur Rahman, and Saownte Haydar addressed the discussion, among others.
“He was a guru for the young generation journalists as he appeared as a pioneering figure for journalism of the current age . . . he virtually spearheaded a campaign for good journalism,” Reza, also the Editor in Chief of G TV said.
He added: “We lost a man with a clean heart with his demise.” Shahriar, son of illustrious journalist and now defunct Bangladesh Times Editor AKM Shahidul Haque, breathed his last at a city hospital on November 17 at the age of 55.
He is survived by his wife, only son and a host of relatives and admirers.