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This year, Young Bangla introduced “Pathfinder of 50”, a special recognition to individuals/initiatives who have made significant contributions to the post-independence nation-building process through their leadership, service, initiatives, and research.

Apart from regular arrangement of recognizing the country’s young change makers, Young Bangla added this new honor – “Pathfinder of 50 Award” — themed on the golden jubilee of the country’s independence.


Mangal Shobhajatra

Mangal Shobhajatra on the first day of the Bangla New Year that is organized at Charukala of Dhaka University is a cultural marker for Bengali nationalism, on which Bangladesh stands. In 1989, the teachers and students of Fine Arts Institute, now Faculty of Fine Arts, started the ‘Mongol Shobhajatra’. This is one of the initiatives to revive the Liberation War spirit that led to the Joy Bangla slogan, the spirit that led to the birth of Bangladesh, the spirit that anti-independence force attempted to wipe out forever by murdering the Father of the Nation and his family on August 15. And to carry this idea forward to the global stage, the dean of the fine arts faculty, Nisar Hossain, played a significant role in getting it incorporated by the UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


Professor Nisar Hossain received the Pathfinders of 50 Award on behalf of Mangal Shobhajatra team. While receiving the award from CRI trustee Radwan Mujib Siddiq, Professor Nisar Hossain quoted that “I desire that the young generation will march forward holding that spirit in their heart,”      


Anjuman Mufidul Islam

Anjuman Mufidul Islam – a welfare organization dedicated to orphan and distressed people. Having started its journey in September 1947 as a branch of its Kolkata office in Dhaka, it expanded its footprint to 42 other districts. When the Coronavirus pandemic instilled a morbid fear of infection among people and even relatives left the dead bodies of Coronavirus patients untouched, this organization offered burial services for them. It also reached out to people with relief during the epidemic.

The joint director of Anjuman Mufidul Islam, Harun ur Rashid Khan, received the Pathfinders of 50 Award on behalf of the organization.


Rubaiyat Mansur and Elisabeth Fahrni

Rubaiyat Mansur and Elisabeth Fahrni who played a crucial role in making three sanctuaries for freshwater dolphins in the Sundarbans. They also took part in establishing the Swatch-of-No-Ground submarine canyon and adjacent coastal areas as the country’s first marine protected area. They have numerous researches and contributions in protecting marine life. Together, they are safeguarding biodiversity for building a better world.

Their untiring effort to preserve wildlife earned them the Pathfinders of 50 Award, which freedom fighter Hasan Mahmud Khokon came to receive on their behalf.