PM urges rich people to follow RP Shaha for philanthropy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged affluent people to dedicate them to the cause of nation following philanthropist RP Shaha’s footprints as she handed over “Danveer Ranada Prasad Shaha Smarak Gold Medal” to four national celebrities.

“Ranada Prasad Shaha set an example in serving the human being,” she told the medal awarding ceremony at the green lawn of Kumudini Complex at Mirzapore here this afternoon.

The premier added: “Many rich people are there in our country (and) if they follow his footsteps, the ordinary people would not have any sufferings.”

Sheikh Hasina particularly appreciated with respect the enormous philanthropic activities of Shaha, more known as RP Shaha, in Mirzapore what was visibly a remote area during his time.

Legendary politician and erstwhile Pakistan’s Prime Minister Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy and National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam were posthumously honoured with the award while the rest two recipients were 1952 language movement veteran National Professor Rafiqul Islam and eminent painter Sahabuddin Ahmed.

On behalf of Suhrawardy, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s younger daughter Sheikh Rehana received the gold medal from the premier while she herself joined the ceremony as a special guest.

Poet Nazrul’s granddaughter Khilkhil Kazi received the medal on behalf of the National Poet.

Professor Rafiqul Islam and painter Sahabuddin Ahmed received themselves the award the medal from the premier.

A businessman by background Shaha earned the repute of being a leading Bengali philanthropist and founded educational institutes like Bharateswari Homes, Kumudini College and Debendra College.

Pakistani occupation forces had picked him up during the Liberation War while he never returned home.

“He had earned money in one hand and donated it on the other hand” led by his feelings for the people in miseries, distressed widows and concern for women education, the premier said.

She noted with appreciation RP Shaha established Kumudini Welfare Trust activities for serving the humanity and promoting women education yielding organizations like Kumudini Women Medical College and Kumudini Nursing School.