I am grieved to hear that veteran journalist, freedom fighter and social worker Aminul Haq Badsha, 75, has passed away in London, his home for more than four decades.
A former press secretary to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and an active journalist of his time, Badsha was a loveable person. To the best of my knowledge, he had no enemies.
A doyen of London’s Bangla journalists, he was an active CJA member. I chose him to represent me on the CJA’s London Management Committee when I was Vice President and President.
The death of ever smiling Badsha is a loss to England’s Bangla community, specially journalists. I have lost a very old and dear friend. I will miss his sweet company in my next London visits. May Allah rest him in peace. Ameen.
Badsha was praised as a long-serving CJA member.
“We have lost a valued colleague who was widely admired for his outstanding qualities as a journalist and a friend. I will miss his emails about Bangladesh and CJA matters,” said CJA President Rita Payne.
“On behalf of the CJA I wish to pass on condolences to Badsha’s family and colleagues in Bangladesh and the UK.
CJA colleagues offered tributes to Badsha and his role in Bangladesh history.
“We are grieved at the death of our beloved Badsha Bhai (Aminul Hoq Badsha). He has played a very significant role in our War of Liberation in 1971. He will remain alive as a part of our glorious history for ever,” said Abu Hasan.
“Our condolences and sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of one of CJA’s great journalistic friends, Aminul Haq Badsha, a hero of Bangladesh independence,” wrote Murray Burt of CJA Canada, while Adnan Jafri of CJA Pakistan offered “heartfelt condolences” from the branch.