Haroon Habib is a Writer, Journalist and Columnist of Bangladesh who is well-known for his bold independent writings . A powerful voice in journalism, creative writings and social activism for last three and half decades, he took part in the country’s Liberation War in 1971 as a student guerrilla fighter and simultaneously worked from the warfronts as War Correspondent of the Joy Bangla weekly and Swadhin Bangla Beter Kendra radio, the two official mouthpieces of the provisional Mujibnagar government, that led country’s independence war .
Haroon Habib, the only son of the middle class Bengali Muslim parents, was born in 1948 in Jamalpur, a northern Bangladesh district. He obtained early education from local Dewangonj Co-operative High School, Aseque Mahmud College,Jamalpur and got his Masters degree in Journalism from the University of Dhaka(DU). He also obtained Post-Graduation from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication(IIMC), New Delhi.
Haroon Habib is one of the few Freedom Fighters who joined journalism returning from the warfronts in early 1972 soon after the devastating war that turned the former eastern wing of Pakistan as Bangladesh. He first joined as a Reporter in the Bangladesh Press International(BPI), a smaller news agency that began operation after the new country was born, and later joined Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha(BSS), the premier national news agency, run by the state.
Spanning over three decades, he served the wire service in various journalistic capacities and finally led the national news agency as its Chief Editor and Managing Director. Haroon Habib is also the Dhaka Correspondent of India’s prestigious English daily The Hindu and Frontline magazine for over two decades. He contributed to the TIME as the magazine’s Stringer based in Dhaka, and worked for nearly 10 years as Bangladesh Correspondent of the Bengali Service of the German radio - Deutsche Welle. A popular columnist, he writes regular columns in the leading Bangladesh and regional newspapers . He now leads Journalism & Peace Foundation(JPF), an organization he founded for making journalism peace oriented .
A well-known Short Story writer, novelist and essayist, Haroon Habib authored many books, some of them are highly rated . His major literary works is primarily set on the theme of nation’s struggle for secular identity and the events of the War of Liberation, in which 3 million people were killed and over three hundred thousand women raped by marauding Pakistan army and their local Islamist goons.
A leading civil society proponent, Haroon Habib is closely involved in social activism, particularly in the secular ‘Pro-Liberation’ campaign that he feels urgently to protect Bangladesh from the clutch of fanaticism and Islamist militancy . He is one of the leading voices in Bangladesh for the trial of the ‘War Criminals’ who perpetrated worst crimes against unarmed civilians as cohorts of the marauding Pakistan army during the nation’s Liberation War in 1971. Currently, he is leading the Sector Commanders’ Forum(SCF), a national platform of 1971 war veterans, for restoration of the country’s secular identity and hold trial of the War Criminals as the forum’s Secretary General .
A permanent resident in Dhaka, Haroon Habib is married to Asma Parveen Rochi and they have two children – Homayra Parveen Shukla and Tanvir Habib Shuvo. He has two sisters.
Major works : Novels and Short Stories
Sonali eagle –O- Udbastu Shomoy(autobiographical novel on 1971 war), Choto Golpo Samagra 1971 ( Short Story collection), Bibrohi –O- Apon Padabai( Short story collection), Lal Shirt –O- Pitripusus( Short Story collection), Muktijuddho : Nirbachito Golpo( selected short stories of Liberation War), Sarnapakkha Eagle ( short story collection), Prio Juddha Priotamo (novel), Panchpurush ( Novel), Ganplo Saptak (short story collection) and Andho Lathial( a collection of short stories) .
Essays, reviews and memoirs
Muktijuddho Palabodoler Itihas( collection of essays and columns), Muktijuddha –Dateline Agartala ( a book on contribution of Tripura, a tiny Indian state, in Bangladesh Liberation War), Muktijuddho Bijoy –O- Berthota( a collection of essays and memoirs), Janajuddher Upakkhan ( a memoir of 1971 war), Prottokkhodorsir Chukhe Muktijuddho( eye witness reports of 1971 war), Muktijuddher Nirbachito Probondho( a collection of essays), Juddhaporadhider Bichar –O- Prasongik Probondho( a collection of essays), Bangladesh Blood and Brutality ( a collection of Pakistani genocide and rape), Bangladesh genocide 1971 ( a compilation of major reports on Pakistani genocide and rape) , Looking Beyond Boundaries – India-Bangladesh Relations: War Crimes trial and Islamist Militancy ( a volume of essays and commentaries ).
Plays and documentation
Agrajjho Dandatsob and Poster Ekattur (plays) and Ekatturer Jatree( an album of rare warfront photographs of 1971 war snapped by Haroon Habib)
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