Renowned author and pedagogue Dr. Zafar Iqbal has described the “Mujib Graphic Novel”, based on Bangabandhu’s unfinished memoir, as an outstanding historical document.
He made this observation when unveiling the conclusive ninth and tenth episodes of the graphic novel during the book fair on Saturday.
“Mujib Graphic Novel is an exceptional Bangabandhu document. Although it is a must-read for children, it should be accessible to adults as well,” he said.
Calling the publication of the research wing of the ruling Awami League “Research and Information Center (CRI)” a great initiative, he said, “Children who have not yet read big books will also be drawn to this book because of its images.”
“When I was a kid, I found comics adorable. I think kids love to read comics. The Mujib comic was meant to target them. It’s a big shot,” he added .
Prominent writer Anisul Haque, Mujib Graphic Novel cartoonist Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy and screenwriter Siddique Ahmed were also present at the book unveiling ceremony held in front of CRI booth (number 735).
While graphic novels about political figures such as Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi are a common phenomenon, Mujib Graphic Novel is the first of its kind in Bangladesh. Beginning its journey on March 17, 2015, seven years of effort by a dedicated creative team of artists, editors, and screenwriters has finally culminated in success as the entire series is now available at the book fair.
Urging the publication of a single compact book combining all ten episodes, Zafar Iqbal said: “It’s been seven years. They have not lost patience. I have observed that the quality of the images improves with the episodes at to come.”
Praising the writer of Bangabandhu, he said, “The books written by Bangabandhu are outstanding. We say a lot about Bangabandhu. But what we rarely say is that he is a great writer. We should all read them.
CRI Trustees Radwan Mujib Siddiq, grandson of Bangabandhu, and Nasrul Hamid, Minister of State for Power and Energy, are the editors of Mujib Graphic Novel. Titled “Mission Punjab,” the ninth episode of the graphic novel sketched Mujib’s thrilling journey to Punjab where he met his political guru Huseyn Suhrawardy to form the All-Pakistan Awami Muslim League.
The tenth episode, titled “On the Road to Freedom,” brought Mujib’s adventurous moves to life, such as traveling by boat to Tungipara in disguise.
He hailed Mujib Graphic Novel as a great initiative to inform children about the Father of the Nation, observing that generation after generation in this country grew up not knowing who Bangabandhu was and what he did for Bangladesh. This, according to Zafar Iqbal, is the greatest crime in the history of the world.
“When I came back to Bangladesh in 1994, I saw that the name ‘Bangabandhu’ was not spoken on television. I was shocked. The man who presented this independent country was practically eliminated from the country” , said Zafar Iqbal, adding, “After the Awami League came to power in 1996, my wife and I bought a television, hoping that now we could see Bangabandhu on television. Tears of joy rolled down my cheek.
“That’s why whenever anything is done on Bangabandhu, I pledge my support to it. I wish it every success,” he said, adding that seven years of effort through Mujib Graphic Novel has come to fruition. to a success.
Echoing his tone, eminent writer Anisul Haque said, “Unfinished Memoirs, Prison Diary and New China 1952 are the books every Bengali should read. But what about the kids who can’t read those big books? graphic novel is contributed by CRI, Radwan Mujib Siddiq or our Shibu Vai.”
He also urged to send these books to every house in the country so that children and young people read them and be inspired by patriotism.