Abul Mansur Ahmed
Abul Mansur Ahmed (Bengali: আবুল মনসুর আহমেদ) (1898–1979) was a Bangladeshi littérateur. Was also a politician and journalist. He was born in Mymensingh. Renowned journalist and editor of The Daily Star Mahfuz Anam is his son.
He passed the Matriculation Examination in 1917 and the Intermediate in 1919. This was a time when the Khilafat and Non-Cooperation movements were attracting the Muslim educated class. Abul Mansur Ahmed got involved in these movements. He studied Law at Ripon College, Calcutta.
Career in law and journalism
For nine years, he practised law in Mymensingh. Later, worked at Kolkata as a professional journalist and a political activist until the 1947 partition.
He worked for:
- The Krsak
- The Mohammadi
As a politician
He also joined the Congress movement under Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Became an active member of the Bengal Muslim League after the elections of 1937 and became an activist of the Pakistan movement since 1940.In 1954 Jukto front election he became elected member of parliament from Trishal, Mymensingh constituency. The main attraction of that election was the incumbent Prime Minister Mr. Nurul Amin lost his seat to Veteran student leader Mr. Khaleque Nawaz Khan at Nandail the home town of Prime minister constituency. Mr. Abul Monsur Ahmed was the main architect of the 21 point program of the 1954 jukto front election manifesto. Abul Mansur was the provincial education minister in the United Front Cabinet under Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq and the central commerce and industries minister and Deputy Prime minister of the Awami League government of Prime Minister Hossain Shaheed Suhrawardy in 1957. He was the founder-secretary of the Awami Muslim League, later Bangladesh Awami League. Was imprisoned when Martial Law was declared by General Ayub Khan in 1958 and was released in 1962.
Was better known as a witty writer.
- Satya Mithya (1953)
- Jiban Ksudha (1955)
- Ab-e-Hayat (1968)
- Aina (1936–1937)
- Food Conference (1944)
- Gulliverer Safar Nama
- Asmani Purdah,
- Atto Katha (1978, autobiography)
- Amar Dekha Rajnitir Panchash Bachhar (1969)
- Sher-e-Bangla haite Bangabandhu (1972).
Awards for literature
- Bangla Academy Award (1960, one of the most honoured)
- Independence Day Medal (1979, Swadhinota Dibos Padak)
- Nasiruddin Gold Medal