Renowned journalist Khondker Aminul Haq Badsha has died after prolonged illness at
London’s Orpington Hospital on Monday night, 9th February at 11.30pm. He was suffering
from heart complications and recently had suffered from a stroke.
Aminul Haq Badsha was the deputy Press Secretary to Bangladesh’s founding father
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. During Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971 Aminul
Haq Badsha, was one of the key organisers of ‘Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra’ in Mujib
Nagar. He was also director of External Publicity Division of Bangladesh Mission, Mujib
Nagar. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a condolence message said he was very close to
Bangabandhu and that the nation had lost a patriot in his death.
Born on January 28, 1942 at Kushtia, he got involved with Chhatra League in the 1960s
during his Dhaka University days. He was the general secretary of East Pakistan Chhatra
League unit and was incarcerated for his role in the anti-Ayub Khan movement. During his
student life he spent time in various prisons due to his involvement in politics. He took
admission in Law and Sociology at Dhaka University in 1963.
Aminul Haq Badsha completed his MA in Sociology from Dhaka University and graduated
from prison. He was General Secretary of Iqbal Hall of Dhaka University. He had suffered at
the hands of the Pakistan military and was also tried absentia in October 1971 and given 14
He left Bangladesh for the UK after Bangabandhu’s assassination in 1975. He was known as
a community activist and worked as social worker in Tower Hamlets. In the UK he
completed a Masters and a Diploma in Social Work and worked as Social Worker in Tower
He was a keen advocate to seek justice for the martyred families of 1971. In the UK his
colleagues, friends have expressed their deepest condolences for a man who had stood up for
justice during Bangladesh’s most difficult time and became a close associate of the British
Bengali community in their struggle against racism. His UK colleagues journalist Ishaque
Kajol, journalist Syed Enamul Islam, journalist Syed Anas Pasha, journalist Matiar
Chowdhury in a message expressed their deepest condolences. Since the news of his death
messages have been pouring in Bangla Mirror office. Others who have expressed their grief
so far are Dr B B Chauduri, Nooruddin Ahmed, Rajon Uddin Jalal, Sunahwar Ali, Ayub
Korom Ali, Raja Miah, Sultana Qureshi, Theo Fariduddin, Husneara Matin, and Jamal Khan
amongst many others.
His career in journalism started as Kushtia correspondent for Daily Azadi in 1957. In 1969 he
was made Bangabandhu’s press secretary following Sheikh Mujib’ s release from Agartala
conspiracy case. After arriving in the UK Aminul Haq Badsha, popularly known as Badsha
bhai to all in the UK, continued his involvement in journalism. He worked as a freelance
journalist. He was the executive member of Bangladesh Journalist Association as well as the
Commonwealth Journalist Association UK. He was correspondents of a number national
daily newspaper in India, Bangladesh and England, including ATN Bangla TV channel.
Abdul Karim Gani, editor of Bangla Mirror said, ‘Badsha bhai will be deeply missed, he was
such a wonderful warm person.’ For his achievements in media and journalism Aminul Haq
Badsha was awarded in 2013 by ‘British Bangladeshi Who’s Who. He was a true journalist and
will be missed very much indeed by our community. Our deepest condolences to his family, relatives
and friends. He had written four books and acted in several Bengali films.
Aminul Haq Badsha was married. He leaves behind two children, a son and a daughter. He
will be remembered for his role in journalism, politics, community activism and above all for
his unconditional love and affection for Bangabandhu & Bangladesh. His Namaze Janaza held
on Friday 13th February after Jumma prayers at Brick Lane Mosque. According to his last
wish his body will be flown to Bangladesh on Saturday or Sunday to be buried in his home
town Kushtia next to his mother’s grave.