Khondakar Abu Taleb
|Chief reporter of The Daily Ittefaq|
|Born||23 March 1921|
|Died||29 March 1971|
Taleb was born on 23 March 1921 in Satani, Satkhira, East Bengal, British Raj. He finished school from Satkhira PN School in 1944. He graduated from Kolkata Ripon College. In 1948 he competed his bachelors in commerce and in 1956 he completed his law degree from Surendranath Law College.
Taleb started his journalism career in Kolkata, West Bengal, after the partition of India he moved to Dhaka, East Bengal. He worked in a number of East Bengal newspapers, including Pakistan Observer, Sangbad, Daily Azad, Ittefaq and Paigam. From 1961 to 1962 he was the general secretary of East Pakistan Journalist union. Till 1965 he was the chief reporter of the Daily Ittefaq.
In 1966 the Pakistan government closed down Ittefaq. He joined the Daily Sandhya Awaz as the managing director, of which then Abdul Gaffar Choudhury was the editor. His paper was the first to the publish the Six Point demand of Sheikh Mujib in Bangla, which demanded autonomy of East Pakistan. The translation was personally done by him. In 1969 he joined a law firm as a consultant and worked as the feature editor of the Daily Paigam. He was supportive of the non-cooperation movement in East Pakistan and Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.
Death and legacy
Taleb was arrested on 29 March 1971 by members of Pakistan army with collaboration of the Biharis in Mirpur. His dead body was found afterwards. On 14 December 1993 the Bangladesh Post Office released commemorative stamps with his image and name.
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- Chaudhuri, Kalyan (1972). Genocide in Bangladesh. Orient Longman. p. 153. ISBN 9780883860458. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- "PIB unveils plaque for 13 martyred journalists". Dhaka Tribune. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.