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86-year-old nuclear scientist in Ekushey limelight

Rifat Islam, Dhaka
86-year-old nuclear scientist in Ekushey limelight
Dr Faizur Rahman

Dr Faizur Rahman Al Siddique, an 86-year-old writer, who served on the Atomic Energy Commission till 1992, is the cynosure of all eyes at this year’s Ekushey Book Fair.

The retired nuclear scientist was seen walking around with a bag on his shoulder, carrying books written by him and selling them to visitors at cost price. He has been doing this for almost two decades. 

Recently, however, his works and life story went viral on social media. Reporters from mainstream media and people of different backgrounds gathered around him to know more about him.

In 2000, 500 copies of his book titled 'Bangalir Joy, Bangalir Berthota' (‘Joy of Bengalis, Failure of Bengalis’) were published by Parama Publication.

Although the publisher had promised to publish his subsequent books as well, it did not do so.

The publisher advised him look for other publishers.

From then on, every year, the scientist photocopies 200 books and sells them himself. Luckily, after his much-talked-about story on Monday, 'Puthi Niloy' decided to republish his book.

In an interview with The Independent, Dr Siddique spoke about his views regarding the country, its politics, its people and about his hope concerning the young generation.

"During the partition, we wanted Pakistan with a good heart. But Pakistan became corrupt. Then we had to fight for our freedom. But now, after winning, we are failing at everything. We have fought for freedom, but we have not been able to keep it. Again, Bangladesh has become corrupt. We've to free ourselves from the rich corrupt people and the domination of other countries. And if we are able to do so, our politics, society, and economy will flourish in own way," Siddique said. 

"In my book, I have highlighted what we have achieved and what we have failed to do. A nation that does not know what is wrong cannot grow big. So, it is important to know the mistakes," added Siddique. 

Speaking of success, he said, "This book fair is our achievement. This is a victory of the Bengalis. Those who love their mother tongue express their faith and prayers in it. They'll taste success. The young generation has to be honest, modest, kind and hard-working, to pave the way for the country to attain its full glory."

Dr Faizur Rahman Al Siddique was born in 1934 in Charmaducharia village at Nawabganj in Dhaka. He received his MSc degree and did post-MSc research in chemistry from Dhaka University. He has a PhD in nuclear chemistry from Cambridge University. He participated in post-MSc at the Nuclear Science Institute of Tehran and post-doctoral studies in the Federal Nuclear Furnace Research Institute in Switzerland. Trained in the use of nuclear power in the USSR, the erstwhile East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, China and Japan, he started his career as a medical examiner under Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.

He retired in 1992 as the director of the Institute of Nuclear Science and Research at the Nuclear Power Commission. He currently works as a chemistry teacher at the International University of Business Agriculture and Technology.

BK

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