City Bank and History and Culture Circle Bangladesh Limited (HCCBL) have recently signed a deal to publish an encyclopedia on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with the title "Mujibpedia".
Managing Director and CEO of City Bank Mashrur Arefin; and HCCBL Managing Director and Editor of Mujibpedia Farid Kabir signed the agreement at the City Bank Center in Dhaka recently.
This 1,000-page encyclopedia in 1/8 demy size with about 700 entries is going to be published in December, before the Victory Day of Bangladesh, reads a press release.
HCCBL will publish this encyclopedia in different versions and formats. City Bank will provide the financing for the publication of this book.
Poet and researcher Kamal Chowdhury is the chief editor; poet and journalist Farid Kabir is the editor, and Professor of History of Dhaka University Dr Abu Mohammad Delwar Hossain is the executive editor of Mujibpedia.
The history of the visionary politician Sheikh Mujib becoming Bangabandhu runs in tandem with the history of East Pakistan becoming Bangladesh. For this reason, Bangabandhu's life story is not only just his own but of a nation exploited by colonial-minded rulers, and thereafter its successful attainment of independence following a 9-months long war.
But unfortunately, even after 50 years of independence, no book could capture the two simultaneous histories – one of an individual, and one of that same individual shaping a nation - fully and comprehensively as yet, stated the press release.
This alphabetically presented encyclopedia`s entries are newly and objectively written by more than a hundred eminent historians to remedy this gap. Mujibpedia will also include about one hundred newly created videos to be seen via QR code.