Faraaz Ayaat Hossain wanted the world to know about the life and achievements of his grandfather Latifur Rahman. He was even planning content for Wikipedia and a Facebook page. Then exactly four years after Faraaz was killed in a brutal militant attack in Dhaka, his beloved grandfather also departed from this world. At a memorial organised on Thursday, the 1st death anniversary of Latifur Rahman and the 5th of Faraaz, Prothom Alo launched a webpage on Latifur Rahman (prothomalo.com/latifur-rahman).
No one at Prothom Alo had been aware of Faraaz’s wish to have a page for his grandfather. It was Faraaz’s elder brother Zaraif Ayaaz Hossain who, at the Zoom event organised on Thursday, said that this webpage was a dream come true, a dream cherished by Faraaz.
Prothom Alo has launched the webpage to preserve and honour the memory of Latifur Rahman. The page also has a section on Faraaz.
Speaking at the virtual memorial, Transcom Group CEO and Latifur Rahman’s eldest daughter Simeen Rahman said, “Preserving memories and documentation were very important to Abbu. He would scan letters, he would preserves tickets of the trips we went on. He would say, ‘one day we will have to leave everyone behind.’ Now I realise why he would collect memories.”
Simeen Rahman went on to say, “You at Prothom Alo have done what Abbu would do. You are preserving his memory and holding it up to the world. The legacy of integrity and respect in business that Abbu has left behind, would be an inspiration to anyone.”
Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, speaking at the event, said all we can ask for is that Prothom Alo continues for another 100 years with the ethics and ideals of Latifur Rahman.
Prothom Alo managing editor Sajjad Sharif said this webpage had been created to apprise people about Latifur Rahman’s life and journey.
Prothom Alo’s associate editors Abdul Quayum and Anisul Hoque, feature editor Shumana Sharmin and representatives of other departments of the newspaper also attended the event.