Delwar Jahid

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Delwar Jahid
Born (1957-02-06) February 6, 1957 (age 63)
Norshingdi, Bangladesh
Residence Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Education University of Chittagong B.A (Hons.), 1976,
University of Chittagong M.A., 1977
Occupation Journalist, Author & Academic
Notable work(s) "Freedom of Thought: Religion, Human Rights and Contemporary Politics",
"Un viaje al principio"
Style Non-fiction
Spouse(s) Lutfunnessa
Children Syfur, Tanvir, Mahinur, Elma and Ishrat
Parents Mohd. Abdul Khaleque and Dr. Anowara Begum (HMB)

Delwar Jahid (Template:Lang-bn;born February 6, 1957) is a Bangladeshi-born Canadian journalist and author known for his research and publications on human rights, contemporary world politics, press freedom and conflict resolution.

His active involvement in the creation of the discussion about human rights issues and press freedom in Bangladesh has had a great impact on his life, leading him on a journey through several countries.

Life and education

File:Portrait of Delwar Jahid.jpg
Portrait of Delwar Jahid, taken by »Samajkantha« photographer Nazrul Islam in 1997 for the cover of the book "Freedom of Thought" written by Delwar Jahid

Shan-e-Jahan Delwar Jahid was born in the village of Sarrabad of Belabo, a subdistrict of Norshingdi, Bangladesh, the son of Mohd Abdul Khaleque, a school teacher and business owner, and Dr. Anowara Begum, Doctor Of Homeopathic Medicine (HMB). He grew up in Comilla, Bangladesh. Between 1965 and 1970 he went to Comilla Iswar Pathsala Highschool, in Comilla, Bangladesh. During this time he was actively involved in social work. Under the roof of Zhilmil Sangha, an organization incorporated with the Government of Bangladesh under the department of social welfare, Delwar Jahid organized educational, sportive, and outdoor events for children and youth.

A year later in 1971 Delwar Jahid took part in the Bangladesh Liberation War,[1] which brought the Independence of Bangladesh from Pakistan. In the same year between 1971 and 1972 Jahid went to Comilla Victoria Government College, in Comilla, Bangladesh, where he started to edit news and articles for the magazine Zhilmil Sangha.

Delwar Jahid visited the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh in the years from 1973-1976, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree in the field of Political science. Utilizing his experiences from the participation in the Bangladesh Liberation War, he wrote a drama for theater about the war in 1976. A year later that play was directed by Debabrata Bhattacharya and performed in the metropolitan city Chittagong. During this creative phase Jahid continued to study for his degree as Master of Arts in Political science at the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh. He finished his degree with a dissertation about contemporary politics in Bangladesh.[2]

Starting in 1978 Delwar Jahid got actively involved in voluntary activities, by organizing relations between existing not-for-profit organizations in the region of Comilla, and by founding new social welfare and cultural agencies for the Bangladesh Academy for Social Welfare in Comilla, Bangladesh.[3]

From 1980 to 1982 Jahid studied for the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) for 2 years at the Comilla Law College in Comilla, Bangladesh. During this time in 1981 Jahid founded Samajkantha, a weekly newspaper in Comilla, Bangladesh.[4] The articles in his newspaper focused on news and commentary about democracy, human rights, socio-economic changes in Bangladesh, contemporary politics, and the different aspects of rural development. Jahid contributed with articles focusing on law and justice issues in connection to these topics.[5]

In the same year Jahid joined the Comilla Pressclub in Comilla, Bangladesh, which he became president of the organization in 1985. He also founded and directed the Comilla Union of Journalists[6] in 1986 with the aim to unite the journalists of Bangladesh in the fight for press freedom, and to give them support against legal and professional issues.

In 1987 Delwar Jahid became president of Jatiya Sangbadik Sangstha, a national organization for journalists for the duration of the year. Then in 1988 Jahid’s newspaper Samajkantha was closed by the government, until it reopened again in 1992. In the meanwhile in 1990 Jahid founded and directed the Bangladesh Foundation of Human Rights in Comilla, Bangladesh. Later on October 11, 1992 Delwar's Father Mohd Abdul Khaleque, who also wrote articles for Samajkantha, was attacked. The journalist Sandra Rodríguez wrote in an article,[5] that the incident created fear for Jahid to continue his activities in the fight against press freedom.

President of BHESA Delwar Jahid receives certificate from MLA

During the time from 1992 to 1995 Jahid continued to organize public meetings to spark the discussion about the topic of human rights, and he wrote articles for various national newspapers in Bangladesh, including Ajker Kagoj and Daily Banglar Bani both located in Dhaka. Jahid's activities resulted in more threats from opponents, and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) wrote in their 1995 year in review,[7] that Jahid was charged by the government authorities with deliberate insult of religious feelings.

In April 1995 Delwar Jahid fled from Bangladesh to Germany seeking asylum. From 1996 to 1999 Jahid joined the team of Dr. Guido Schmidt for Forschungsstelle Migration und Integration (FOMI) at the Template:Ill, researching the issue of child labor in Bangladesh. In 1999 he left Germany after his request for asylum was declined, residing for a short time in France, and later that year in Spain.

Delwar Jahid meets High Commissioner of Bangladesh

From 2000 to 2002 Jahid wrote articles about contemporary human rights issues in Asia and North America for the Spanish newspaper Diario de Pontevedra and joined the University of Vigo doing research about fundamentalism and terrorism. Jahid was asked to give interviews as an authority about the subject.[5][8]

In October 2001 Delwar Jahid's family joined him from Bangladesh,[9][10] but in November 2002 Delwar relocated to Canada to overcome the language barrier. He sought to share his knowledge in a teaching position at a university[11] and to obtain more knowledge about the western justice system.

Between 2007 and 2008 Jahid joined as a member of the board of directors[12] for the John Howard Society of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. Later in 2008 he took his paralegal diploma at Reeves College, Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta in Canada along with a practicum at the University of Alberta under the faculty of law.

Today Delwar Jahid is engaged in writing articles and books about topics such as press freedom, human rights and contemporary politics under the background of his country Bangladesh with the aim to develop a sense of multiculturalism, pluralism as a political philosophy, and a culture of peace. He is also involved to integrate and strengthen the Bangladeshi culture into the multicultural background of Alberta, Canada by leading and assisting the non-profit organizations Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA),[13] Mahinur Jahid Memorial Foundation (MJMF)[14] and Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA).[15]

In September 2014 Jahid has been appointed a member of the executive council of The Bangladesh Freedom Fighter Association, Canada Unit.[16]


Delwar Jahid worked in several different professional fields, mainly as a journalist and as a researcher in academics.

As journalist and author

1981-1989 Editor of the newspaper Weekly Samajkantha, Comilla, Bangladesh
1992-1994 Public Relations Director/Journalist of Rose Center, Ajman, United Arab Emirates
2000-2002 Columnist for the newspaper Diario de Pontevedra, Pontevedra, Spain
From 1980 Freelance Journalist for diverse newspapers such as The Sangbad in Dhaka Bangladesh, and Amader Comilla in Comilla Bangladesh, and Comillar Kagoj in Comilla, Bangladesh

In Academics

1980-1982 Principal of Langalkut College of Comilla, Comilla, Bangladesh
1983-1985 Founding Professor of Political Science for Comilla Women College in Comilla, Bangladesh
1985-1988 Principal of Comilla Adarsha College, Comilla, Bangladesh

During that time Jahid also taught political science courses with emphasis on politics of India and Bangladesh.

1996-1999 Researcher at the Forschungsstelle Migration und Integration, Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg in Freiburg, Germany
2000-2002 Researcher at the Faculty of Education, and the Faculty of Social Science, University of Vigo in Vigo, Spain
2004 Researcher at the Menno Simons College, University of Winnipeg in Winnipeg, Canada
2004-2005 Researcher at the Success Skills Centre[17] in Winnipeg, Canada
2004-2007 Director at the Manitoba Center for Social and Peace Studies, Inc. in Winnipeg, Canada
From 2003 Research Fellow at the St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada

In Law

1982-1992 Founder / President of Bangladesh Society for Enforcement of Human Rights in Comilla District, Bangladesh
1989-1995 Chief Executive / Director of Bangladesh Foundation of Human Rights in Comilla, Bangladesh
1995-1997 Legal Assistant for Advocate’s Office Peter Zick RAE in Freiburg, Germany
1997-1999 Legal Assistant and PR Manager for Advocate’s Office Norbert Müller & Coll. RAE in Freiburg, Germany
2007-2008 Member of the Board of Directors for the John Howard Society of Manitoba, Inc. in Winnipeg, Canada
2010-2012 Notary Public of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada
From 2012 Commissioner of Oaths for the Province of Alberta & Saskatchewan in Edmonton, Canada,[1],[2],[3]

Bibliography / Publications

1. Article "Islamic Fundamentalism in Bangladesh", First Page, 1996.png "Islamic Fundamentalism in Bangladesh", Article in "Interkulturell" (Forum für interkulturelle Kommunikation, Erziehung und Beratung)

Published 1996 by FOMI (Forschungsstelle Migration und Integration), Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg[18]

The article gives a definition of Islamic fundamentalism, lists evidence for the presence of Islamic fundamentalism in Bangladesh, and assesses the impact Islamic fundamentalism has on the people of Bangladesh.

2. Book "Freedom of Thought" by Delwar Jahid, 1997.png "Freedom of Thought: Religion, Human Rights and Contemporary Politics", Book by Delwar Jahid, Non-Fiction

Published March 3, 1997 by "Institute of Rural Journalists" in Dhaka, Bangladesh

The book contains a collection of articles and commentary, published in Bengali national newspapers over a period of time from 1992 to 1997, about human rights, contemporary world politics, press freedom and Islamic fundamentalism.

3. Currently no image available "Un viaje al principio", Book by Delwar Jahid, Non-Fiction

Published November 2002 by "Center for Social and Peace Studies" in Pontevedra, Spain[19]

The book emphasizes contemporary politics of Bangladesh, analyzes human rights violations and missing press freedom in Bangladesh by historic events and personal experience of the author, and drafts a comparison between the situation in Bangladesh and other countries of the world.

4. Article "Shalish-Mediation in Rural Bangladesh" by Delwar Jahid.png "Shalish-Mediation in Rural Bangladesh", Research Paper for Conflict Resolution Studies under Prof. Dr. Dean Peachey

Published December 6, 2004 by Menno Simons College, University of Winnipeg, Canada[20]

The paper defines the concept of Shalish Mediation that refers to a method of dispute resolution used in Bangladesh with references to historic examples from the Asian region.

5. Book "A Conceptual Perspective of Conflict Management" by Delwar Jahid.png "A Conceptual Perspective of Conflict Management", Book by Delwar Jahid, Non-Fiction

Under publication by MJMF (Mahinur Jahid Memorial Foundation), Edmonton, Alberta in Canada

The book presents the most important and practically relevant quantitative models for understanding and managing conflict situations, as these exist throughout the world, and determines the necessity and benefit in understanding competitive approaches.


  1. Zakir Khan Chowdhury, "Certificate of Participation", Central Command Council of Freedom Fighters, August 11, 1984. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  2. Delwar Jahid, "Dissertation on contemporary politics of Bangladesh", University of Chittagong, 1977.
  3. Mirza Rafique Uddin Ahmed, "Document of Certification", Bangladesh Academy for Social Welfare, Comilla, Bangladesh, April 10, 1979. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  4. M. R. Choudhury, "Authentication of declaration of Bengali weekly News paper entitled Samajkantha", Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Office of the Deputy Commissioner in Comilla, March 18, 1981. Retrieved 2014-08-31.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Sandra Rodríguez, "He perdido mi orgullo", Diario de Pontevedra, Pontevedra in Spain, June 11, 2000. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  6. Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, "Official Letter", International Pen in London, United Kingdom, May 10, 1996. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  7. Committee to protect Journalists (CPJ), "Attacks on the Press", Committee to protect Journalists (CPJ) in New York, USA, 1996. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  8. "'La comunidad musulmana necesita nuevas enseñanzas sobre el pluralismo'", Diario de Pontevedra, Pontevedra in Spain, April 21, 2002. Retrieved 2014-09-01.
  9. Susana Regueira, "Final feliz", Faro de Vigo, Vigo in Spain, October 4, 2001. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
  10. Estrelle L., "Volver a empezar; Delwar Jahid recibio a su familia en Pontevedra", Diario de Pontevedra, Pontevedra in Spain, October 7, 2001. Retrieved 2014-08-31.
  11. St. Paul’s College, "Assembly Members", St. Paul’s College in Winnipeg, July 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  12. John Howard Society of Manitoba, "Annual Report 2007-2008", John Howard Society of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, June 2008. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  13. "About Us", Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) in Edmonton, Canada, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-01.
  14. "About Us", Mahinur Jahid Memorial Foundation (MJMF) in Edmonton, Canada, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-01.
  15. "About Us", Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA) in Edmonton, Canada, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-01.
  16. Major General (Retd) Helal Morshed Khan, "Regarding Freedom Fighter Association, Canada Unit formation", Bangladesh Freedom Fighters Sangshad Central Command Council in Dhaka, Bangladesh, September 4, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-21.
  17. "Website of the Success Skills Centre", Success Skills Centre
  18. Dr. Guido Schmidt, "Interkulturell", FOMI (Forschungsstelle Migration und Integration), Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg, 1996.
  19. "Un e-libro que habla de libertad y paz", Diario de Pontevedra, Pontevedra in Spain, November 9, 2002. Retrieved 2014-08-30.
  20. Delwar Jahid, "'Shalish'-Mediation in Rural Bangladesh", News from Bangladesh, Daily News Monitoring Service, December 6, 2004. Retrieved 2014-08-30.

External links

    Website containing information about Delwar Jahid’s Book "A Conceptual Perspective of Conflict Management" and some additional content about the topic of conflict management
    Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA), Professional Forum for Journalists and Media Associates, Organization co-founded by Delwar Jahid
    Samajkantha Online Inc., Online News Magazine founded by Delwar Jahid
    Mahinur Jahid Memorial Foundation (MJMF), Supporter of Bangladeshi and Canadian Youth, Organization founded by Delwar Jahid
    Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA), Promoter of Bangladeshi Culture and Heritage in and around Edmonton in Alberta in Canada, Organization directed by Delwar Jahid
    "The Diverse Edmonton Magazine" is Edmonton based local city magazine published and edited by Delwar Jahid of Samajkantha Online Inc., Online News Magazine for people living in the metropolitan area of Edmonton,the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, and for those who are interested in the Edmonton geographic location.
  • Culture of Alberta
    "Delwar Jahid" is a significant contributor to ethnic diversity, dedicated to creating a cohesive and effective voice of Bangladeshi Canadian living in the Edmonton city of Alberta through leading BHESA & BPCA.
    A Brief History of International Mother Language Day written by "Delwar Jahid", published on February 21, 2015 (page-15) by Bangladesh PressClub of Alberta (BPCA).
    An Act to Establish International Mother Language Day in "Delwar Jahid", published in Daily Bangladesh Observer, titled "Canada expats observe Int'l Mother Language Day".

[["Delwar Jahid called upon all the expatriate organizations of Bangladesh to celebrate the traditional festivals of homeland to uphold own heritage and culture before the world as ‘Mangol Shobhajatra’ has earned the UNESCO recognition as world heritage".]]

Member's Statement at Province of Alberta, recognizing Bengali New Year. The 29th Legislature (Third Session) Alberta Hansard(page514) held Tuesday afternoon, April 4, 2017 Delwar Jahid, was introduced in the parliament along with his community representatives. [[1]]