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Aroj Ali Matubbar remembered

3-day festival ends

Our Correspondent . Barisal

Visitors flip through books at a stall on Saturday during the three-day festival on the occasion of 113th birth anniversary of writer Araj Ali Matubbar at his native home in Barisal. — New Age photo Visitors flip through books at a stall on Saturday during the three-day festival on the occasion of 113th birth anniversary of writer Araj Ali Matubbar at his native home in Barisal. — New Age photo

A three-day festival, organised by Darshanik Aroj Manjil Public Library to mark the 113th birth anniversary of rationalist philosopher Aroj Ali Matubbar, ended in Barisal on Saturday with a call to preserve his works and follow his ideals.
The festival was organised in front of the library established by Aroj Ali Matubbar at his native village at Lamchhari in Barisal city.
It also featured book fair, cultural function and discussion on life and works of Aroj Ali Matubbar.
Speakers at the discussion said that Aroj Ali Matubbar, a home-grown philosopher, had received no formal education.
As a practising Muslim and a pious man throughout his life, Matubbar took it as a mission to strike at the roots of all superstitions and fanatic beliefs and tried to restore the balance between science, philosophy and religion, they observed.
It was really a difficult task especially in a country with low literacy rate where there is practically no tradition of informed debate on dogmas, creeds, beliefs and religion, they said.
But, Aroj Ali Matubbar was regarded as one of the brilliant rationalists the country has ever produced, they said, adding that he, as an iconoclast, was not afraid to speak out against entrenched beliefs and superstitions which easily lead to religious fanaticism.
Shah Azizur Rahman Khokan, president of the festival convening committee, its leaders Manik Matubbar, Shamim Ali Matubbar and Sheikh Mofizur Rahman, Ziaul Islam Sabu, UP chairman, Dr. Yusuf Ali, director of Red Crescent Hospital, Ruhul Amin Khan, executive engineer of LGED, Kajal Ghosh, cultural activist, Shamima Ferdous, upazila nirbahi officer, Shahidul Alam, deputy commissioner, Nurul Amin, divisional commissioner, Bhuiyan Shafiqul Islam, secretary of the planning ministry, took part in the discussion.
Matubbar was born on December 17 in 1900 at Lamchhari, about 11km off Barisal city, and he died on March 15 in 1985.
He studied for only a few months at Maktab, but he had a good level of knowledge on different subjects.
Aroj Ali Matubbar was a farmer and land surveyor by profession. He had developed exceptional expertise in the mathematical and geometric calculations required for land survey.
Despite having lack of formal education, he had authored a number of books, including Satyer Sandhane (1973), Srishtirahasya (1977), Anuman (1983) and Muktaman (1988).
Some of his manuscripts were published posthumously with the title ‘Aroj Ali Matubbar Rachanabali’ (works of Aroj Ali Matubbar).




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