‘Begum’ Editor Nurjahan is no more

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Dhaka, May 23: The editor and publisher of weekly magazine Begum, Nurjahan Begum, died at a Dhaka hospital on Monday.

She was 91.

She breathed her last at Square Hospitals around 10:15am, Md Akash, an official of customer service department of the hospital conformed.

She was admitted to the capital’s Square Hospital on May 4 with respiratory problems.

Born on June 4, 1924 in Chandpur, she received her education from the Begum Rokeya-established Shekhawat Memorial Girls High School in West Bengal before moving on to Lady Brabourne College.

The weekly Begum was first published in Kolkata on July 20, 1947, when India was ready to attain freedom from the British colonial rule.

Many Hindu women, at the time, were involved in the struggle for freedom, where Muslim women were kept behind doors.

But even at a time like that there were some Muslim women who were pioneering the feminist movement, like Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, who consistently wrote about women’s education and worked tirelessly for it.

Begum provided an outlet for women writers, mainly Muslim women, who had very little opportunity at the time. The first editor of the magazine was Begum Sufia Kamal, while the founder was Mohammad Nasiruddin. Subsequently, the journal was edited by his daughter Nurjahan Begum.

She was awarded the Begum Rokeya Padak in 1997 for her contribution to women literacy and literature, according to a news agency.

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