Wednesday, April 1, 2009

OBIT: Golam Osmani dead

Abul Fazal Golam Osmani, a former Assam minister and sitting Congress MP from lower Assam’s Barpeta seat died on April 1 in Delhi.

He entered politics in the 1970s. Intially with the Janata Party, he later drifted into the United Minorities Front (UMF) and then the Congress. He won the Lok Sabha seat from Barpeta twice.

Osmani was a prolific writer on literature, political developments, social changes and the rights of the linguistic and religious minorities, but chose to write only in little-known magazines. For many years, he edited a journal named Barak, which was then replete with many path-breaking articles and analysis of political themes and literary movements during the sixties and seventies.

A voracious reader, Osmani’s breadth of knowledge, particularly in the sphere of the Bengal renaissance, had earned him kudos in Assam and outside the state.

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