Jahanara Imam

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Jahanara Imam was a legendary name in the literary genre related to the Liberation War of Bangladesh. She was born in 1929 in Murshidabad in undivided Bengal of British-India and post-independence moved to the-then East Pakistan and present Bangladesh with her family. Having developed a progressive mindset from her childhood, Imam gave special attention for the spread of women’s education. Her literary journey started during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. She used to maintain a diary where she infused the agony and plight of those who had sacrificed their lives in that war. She published the diary in literary form as ‘Ekattorer Dinguli’ in 1986. Her other notable works are ‘Jiban Mrityu’, ‘Buker Bhitare Agun’, ‘Anya Jiban’, ‘Dui Meru’, ‘Cancer-er Sange Bosobas’, ‘Birsreshtha’ etc. She had also set up ‘Ghatak-Dalal Nirmul Committee’, an organization for bringing the perpetrators of the Liberation War into justice. She was honored with ‘Bangla Academy Literary Award’ in 1991 and ‘Independence Day Award’ in 1997. She died in 1994 in the United States after having a prolonged battle with cancer.


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