Part-3 of Mujib, the 12-part graphic novel series by CRI, based on the ‘Unfinished Memoirs’ of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was unveiled on 19 February, 2017 (Sunday) at a simple ceremony at Amar Ekushe Boi Mela (Book Fair). CRI Trustee, co-publisher of the novel and Honorable State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Mr. Nasrul Hamid MP graced the occasion as the Chief Guest along with Honorable Minister for Cultural Affairs Mr. Asadduzzaman Noor MP and Honorable State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Md Shahriar Alam MP.
CRI Executive Director Mr. Sabbir Bin Shams was present along with Young Bangla Convenor Mr. Nahim Razzaq MP (who also kindly moderated the event), Barrister Biplab Barua (Deputy Office Secretary, Bangladesh Awami League), Mr. Razee Mohammad Fakhrul M.P, Ms. Amatul Kibria Keya Chowdhury MP and CEO of Bangabandhu Memorial Trust Ms Mashura Hossain. Designer Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy, Editor Shibu Kumar Shil and staffs, members and well-wishers of CRI were also present. However, as always, the highlight of the event was the presence of hundreds of children and fans of the series who left smiling with their free copies of the graphic novel.
Addressing the occasion, Nasrul Hamid said that the effort to publish this series was aimed at ensuring that children and youngsters find interest in reading about the life of Bangabandhu. He commented: “Our target is to ensure that children and youngsters find interest in reading the life of Bangabandhu, given that a plethora of attempts were plotted to distort the history of the nation. So this effort is all about presenting the turn of momentous events that shaped the life our liberator”.
According to the other co-publisher of the series, CRI Trustee and grandson of Bangabandhu, Radwan Mujib Siddiq, the inspiration for the series stems out of his childhood days. He recalls with sadness how a certain generation of his schoolmates had no idea about the Father of the Nation, as he had been deliberately and maliciously erased out of history books. He even added that teachers forbade him to mention the name of his grandfather and the architect of Bangladesh’s independence. Such events motivated him to introduce Bangabandhu to the younger generation, the extraordinary story of an ordinary boy.
‘Mujib-3’ highlights the post-World War II period of the life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, during which he emerged as a rising politician and successful organizer despite many obstacles. The previous two parts were published in February 2015 and February 2016 respectively. The entire “The Unfinished Memoirs” penned by Bangabandhu during his incarceration, would be presented in 12 parts of the graphic novel series.
For the remaining duration of the fair, all three parts of the series would be available for purchase at CRI’s stalls (No. 100-101). Other than the fair, the series is also available year-round at Charchabooks (http://charchabooks.com.bd; Mobile:+88 01935194316, 01826018665) and also online via Rokomari (https://www.rokomari.com).
Moreover, the graphic novel is also available at Pathak Shamabesh Centre at National Museum premises, Kak at Concord Emporium in Katabon, Madal at Panthapath, Batighar in Chittagong.