Alhaj Borhan Uddin Chowdhury Murad ::Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu is a short-lived great man whose life is just a struggle, a sacrifice, those who know how to give, those who do not know how to take anything in return. Babu Bhai is a famous politician of Chittagong and one of the organizers of the liberation war. In the midst of various storms, he was steadfast in the party ideology and became a great support to the party leaders and workers. He has worked for the soil and people of the country not only through politics but also through trade and industrialization. He has helped in reducing unemployment in the country by creating employment.
Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was active in Chittagong politics for many years. He was the president of South District Awami League for a long time. Awami League presidium member has been elected Member of Parliament four times. In the Ninth Parliament, he was the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Jute Textiles. Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was born in 1945 in the village of Anwara Haildhar. His father’s name was Nuruzzaman Chowdhury. He was a lawyer and a landlord. His mother’s name was Khorsheda Begum. Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu passed matriculation from Patia High School in 1956 and was admitted to Dhaka Notre Dame College in the same year. While in intermediate class, he received a scholarship to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. He later studied business administration at New York University. From there he returned to the country in December 1984 with an associate’s degree. In 1975, he joined the business with his elder brother.
Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was elected a member of Dakshin Zila Chhatra League in 1956. He joined the Awami League in 1986. In the general elections of 1970, he was elected a member of the provincial council from Anwara and West Patia. Alhaj Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was one of the organizers of the great liberation war of 1971. A statement from the South District Awami League said that during the non-cooperation movement on the eve of the liberation war, the activities of the struggle committee were conducted from its Jupiter House in Patharghata. After Bangabandhu’s declaration of independence came to Chittagong, it was cyclostised from Jupiter House. The declaration of independence was sent from his home to all places including Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. When the war of liberation started, Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu went to India and performed various duties in the government of Bangladesh. He was a member of the relief and rehabilitation committee of the Mujibnagar government.
In the middle of the war of liberation, he visited different parts of Europe and America with the aim of building world opinion. He first went to London. From there he went to America as a member of the Bangladesh delegation led by Justice Abu Saeed Chowdhury. As a Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) in 1970, Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury became a member of the Bangladesh People’s Assembly formed in 1972 and played a role in drafting the constitution of Bangladesh. He is one of the reformers of the constitution of 1972. After independence, he was elected a Member of Parliament in 198, 1991 and 2009. After independence, Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was elected president of the South District Awami League. He also served as the Central Industry and Commerce Secretary of the Bangladesh Awami League. After the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family in 1975, Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu risked his life to maintain contact with the leaders and workers of the party and later played a courageous role in the revival and reorganization of the party. Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu also played a strong role in the anti-authoritarian movement in the eighties. He was tortured while protesting against the dictatorship. Not only in politics, Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was a successful businessman and industrialist. Before independence, he set up a factory called Royal Industry on Batali Road. At the same time he also looked after his elder brother’s factories.
Later, Akhtaruzzaman Babu set up Asif Steel Mill, Javed Steel Mill, Asif Synthetic, Pan Am Bonspati, Afroza Oil Mill, Bengal Synthetic Products etc. Vanguard Steel Mill purchased synthetic resin products and founded the Zaman Industrial Group in the first two decades of independence in northern Bangladesh. He bought a foreign-owned Aramit Mill and built it on a solid foundation. He played a pioneering role in establishing the private banking sector in Bangladesh. He is the Entrepreneur and Founding Chairman of United Commercial Bank Limited (UCBL), the second largest private bank in the country. He was re-elected chairman of the bank in 2011 and held the post until his death. Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu also played an important role as the spokesperson and business leader of the business community of the country. He was the President of the Chittagong Chamber for two terms. In 1986, he was the President of the FBCCI, the country’s top business organization. He also served as President of the OIC Chamber of Commerce. In 1989, he was elected vice chairman of the 8-nation group. He is the only Bangladeshi who has been elected Vice Chairman of this prestigious international organization. He is the father of 3 sons and 3 daughters in his personal life. Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was a philanthropist, philanthropist and philanthropist. He was the elected chairman of Haildhar Union Parishad from 1985 to 1985. Even after independence, he was the chairman of Haildhar Union Parishad and chairman of Thana Parishad.
He took initiative to establish many mosques, madrasas and school colleges in Anwara and West Patiya of Chittagong. He established many more schools, colleges and madrasas including Anwara Degree College, Haildhar Basharuzzaman Memorial Education Center, Barumchhara Shaheed Basharuzzaman High School, Anwara Juges Chandra Memorial Trust, JHB High School. Battali Mohchen is a founding member of Aulia Degree College, Chandnaish Burma College, Enayet Bazar Women’s College, AJ Chowdhury Degree College, Raipur Coastal High School, Anwara Paschim Patiar and many school colleges in Chittagong. He was also involved in many charitable works. I am lucky, blessed is my life. There has been an opportunity to get the companionship of such a great hearted national leader like Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu. I have faithfully served the state with him under his tutelage until his death and have had the opportunity to serve him. I watched him closely, mingled. I have become a companion of happiness and sorrow. I saw in him a soft heart, a generous mind of love for man. Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu Samanta was a pioneer in building a non-communal Bangladesh in the spirit of the war of liberation by rising above greed.
He is one of the rare politicians of the post-independence period who took the helm of the Awami League in difficult times, did politics at his own expense. A whole world goes with one man. The word was written by the literary Shirshendu Mukhyepadhyay. In fact, all people build their own world in their own field of life. And whose deeds leave a unique signature in fame, talent, mind, affection, love and friendship. They have created a unique and colorful world throughout their lives. Indestructible collective memory partner. Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu, one of the organizers of the liberation war and a veteran Awami League leader, was such an extraordinary great man. With which a huge living world is gone. He has been able to gain the confidence of the organization and the people by following the ideals of Bangabandhu. The new generation has a lot to learn from the biography of Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu as a healthy and clean politician. Despite getting the opportunity to be a minister many times in his life, he did not deviate from the ideals of Bangabandhu. He was a very far-sighted and prudent politician. Chittagong is a shining star in the political arena of Bangladesh.
He is a bright star of Chittagong Awami League. He was a royal and multifaceted personality. He was an exceptionally successful figure in politics, such as business, banking, insurance and industry. He was an important national leader in the politics of Awami League. After the assassination of Bangabandhu, his contribution to the politics of Bangladesh Awami League and Chittagong Awami League was immense. He was a dedicated worker for the team in any difficult time. Gradually he became a guardian of Chittagong Awami League. His death has not only left the Chittagong Awami League without a guardian, it has created a void in the overall politics. Even though he is not with us today, he is always awake in our hearts. Today we reverently remember his memory, meaningful life and cherished values.
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