Daud Haider

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Daud Haider
দাউদ হায়দার
Born (1952-02-21) 21 February 1952 (age 72)
Occupation(s)Writer and poet
RelativesMakid Haider And Zia Haider (Siblings)

Daud Haider is a Bangladeshi[1] poet who was forced into exile after writing a poem that "insulted" religion including Islam.[2] American Center, International PEN have described him as "distinguished poet".[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Haider was born on 21 February 1952 at Dohar of Pabna district.[5]


His poem style has been described as more focused on "feeling of the masses".[6] He was the literary editor of the Dainik Sambad based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He wrote a poem criticizing religion.[7] His was physically attacked for his works. He was imprisoned by the government of Bangladesh.[3] President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was blamed for forcing him into exile.[8] His ancestral house was destroyed by arson and one of his relatives was killed.[3] He moved to exile in Kolkata, India before moving to Berlin, Germany.[9][10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Haider is an atheist.[7]



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  2. ^ "The struggle of memory against oblivion". The Daily Star. 2015-12-13. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  3. ^ a b c d Vonnegut, Kurt Jr.; Sontag, Susan; Olsen, Tillie; Olds, Sharon; Kennerly, Karen. "The Case of Daud Haider". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  4. ^ Ahmed, K. Anis. "Why secular expression is being killed in Bangladesh, one blogger at a time". Scroll.in. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  5. ^ "In A Language Reborn". The Indian Express. 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  6. ^ "Bangla Literature". Banglapedia. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  7. ^ a b "Atheist bloggers flee Bangladesh | Asia". Deutsche Welle. 2015-09-11. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  8. ^ "Another voice is silenced by Islamists". mid-day. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  9. ^ "Daud Haider". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  10. ^ "Battle for Bangladesh's soul". The Hindu. 2016-04-20. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  11. ^ Ahmed, K. Anis (2015-12-09). "Things we don't write: K Anis Ahmed on the murdered writers of Bangladesh". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-04-27.