Rashidul Hasan

SMA Rashidul Hasan (1932 – 14 December 1971) was a Bengali educationist.[1] He was born in the district of Birbhum, West Bengal. In 1949, he migrated to East Pakistan.[2] He was awarded Independence Day Award in 2018 posthumously by the Government of Bangladesh.[3]

Rashidul Hasan
রাশীদুল হাসান
Died14 December 1971(1971-12-14) (aged 38–39)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
ChildrenRukaiya Hasina
AwardsIndependence Day Award (2018)

Education and careerEdit

Hasan obtained his BA (Hons.) and MA in English from University of Dhaka in 1957 and 1958, respectively. He taught at various colleges including Narsingdi, Pabna Edward College, and Krishna Chandra College of Bhirbhum in West Bengal. Finally, he joined the University of Dhaka English Department in 1967. He was a liberal democrat and a lifelong fighter against fundamentalism and communism.[2]


On the 20 September 1971, the Pakistani occupation army arrested Hasan,[why?] but with the help of a friend of his[who?] he returned 12 days later unharmed. On the morning of 14 December, two days before independence, Hasan was taken together with his close friend Anwar Pasha from the same flat within the University of Dhaka campus by the Al Badar forces. The two families were then living together in a flat in the Isa Khan Road area.[2] After 22 days of his disappearance, his decomposed body was found in the Mirpur killing ground[4] and buried in the compound of the Dhaka University Central mosque.[5]

On 3 November 2013, Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, a Muslim leader based in London, and Ashrafuz Zaman Khan, based in the United States, were sentenced in absentia after the court found that they were involved in the abduction and murders of 18 people in December 1971 - nine University of Dhaka teachers including Rashidul Hasan and Anwar Pasha, six journalists and three physicians.[6]


Grave of Hasan by the side of Dhaka University central mosque.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hasan, Md. Mahmudul (2012). "Hasan, SMA Rashidul". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  2. ^ a b c "Profiles of martyred intellectuals". The Daily Star. 14 December 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  3. ^ "16 personalities nominated for Independence Award-2018". The Daily Star. 2018-02-20. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  4. ^ Hasina, Roquaiya (14 December 2006). "My Father: S M A Rashidul Hasan". The Daily Star. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  5. ^ Banglapedia
  6. ^ Chowdhury, Syed Tashfin (3 November 2013). "UK Muslim leader Chowdhury Mueen Uddin sentenced to death in Bangladesh". The Independent. London. Retrieved 7 November 2013.