Mahbubul Alam: a giant among giants, a gentleman among gentlemen

Sir Frank Peters

Sir Frank Peters

Tribute by Sir Frank Peters

Former Independent Editor Mahbubul Alam with anti corporal punishment crusader Sir Frank Peters.
Former Independent Editor Mahbubul Alam with anti corporal punishment crusader Sir Frank Peters.

It is with profound sadness I read about the death of Mahbubul Alam, former Editor of The Independent, former adviser to the caretaker government of Bangladesh in 2007, and doyen of the Bangladesh newspaper industry.

It grieves me that although we maintained regular contact spanning a period of 15-years and shared many anecdotes and laughs together, I knew nothing about his ill health. It was a subject never mentioned in our conversations and I’ve never known him to complain to any degree.

There are some editors of Bangladeshi publications whom I admire and respect enormously -– both professionally and personally – not just for their God-given talents in creating and producing a commercially viable profitable publication, but one that benefits society, individually and collectively. Mahbubul was one of those – a giant among giants, a gentleman among gentlemen.

Mahbubul to me was the mentor of many professionals, the gentleman and doyen of the Bangladesh newspaper industry and a friend to all. He was a consummate gentleman, totally reliable and I’ve never known him to go back on his word.

His demise is a gigantic loss to the Bangladesh newspaper industry and nation at large. I know I will miss him enormously and only wish that I had thanked him more often for all the support he gave my anti corporal punishment in schools campaign, which he was the first to promote and encourage.

Unfortunately, we take much for granted in life. We assume the people whom we love and admire will always be around us to love and admire and no immediate action is necessary… until it’s too late. Fortunately, for me, I expressed my gratitude and admiration for him when he was alive; but wished I had been more frequent.

May Allah embrace him eternally.


Sir Frank Peters, A guest blogger who writes to EBangladesh.com time to time.


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