It is the journey that people often forget while staring at the beautiful destination at the end of the path. The deception of the perfect end blurs out the bumps and hollows overcome on the way. Similarly, Bangladesh’s one of the most renowned politicians, Akhtaruzzaman Babu, spent years paving his way to success with one step at a time. Each step not only brought him but us as a whole to a better future- today.
1. Patriotism and Unconditional Love for the People
Although the goal was to become a proper politician, Akhtaruzzaman Babu’s responsibility and love towards his country inspired him. He served as a Bangladeshi delegate and a member of the relief and rehabilitation programme during the Liberation War, which tremendously helped the Bangladeshi immigrants and freedom fighters. Even after the war, followed by the assassination of the Bangabandhu family in 1975, despite the risks and death threats, Akhtaruzzaman Babu got in contact with Awami League members and revived the political party ‘Awami League’ to restore balance. Besides being a political representative, he took part in protests while leading the Chittagong movement in the eighties. Consequently, he was tortured in jail for his participation. The contribution against oppression to maintain democracy denotes the values Akharuzzaman Babu had.
2. Political role as a Youth
The sooner one starts fighting for his or her goals, the closer one gets. This statement has been fact-checked by Akhtaruzzaman Babu, who got closely involved in politics during his secondary school. He became an elected member of the Dakshin Zila Chhatra League in 1958. Moreover, even before the Liberation War, he was an elected member of the East Pakistan Assembly. While it could have been somewhat overwhelming for others, it gave Akhtaruzzaman Babu a befitting perspective on the political state before and after the war. Most importantly, it enabled him to deduce what should be done to bring back peace and order.
3. Academic Excellence
It is relatively unknown how brilliant Akhtaruzzaman Babu was. Not only did he graduate from one of the most renowned colleges of Dhaka, Notre Dame College, but he also received a scholarship for his academic brilliance. Afterward, he completed his higher education at the Illinois University of Science and Technology.
4. Successful Entrepreneur and Industrialist
- Established several industries and factories
- Founded Zaman Industrial Group
- Founder of United Commercial Bank, making the foundation of the private banking sector of Bangladesh
- Received worldwide recognition as a businessman
5. Charitable Person
Akhtaruzzaman Babu was the man who lent a hand whenever possible. Success only means something when shared with others. That is why people so well remember him to this day. He built several mosques, colleges, madrasas and engaged in numerous charity works. Furthermore, he unhesitantly financed political projects in times of need and disruption to not delay any welfare programmes.
Being successful will always be more or less rough. Despite the sharp edges and misdirections of Akhtaruzzam Babu’s career, he had pure intentions and the urge to stay true to his morals. Being true to himself and his people made that bumpy road, if not easier but worth journeying.