Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was a prominent politician of the Bangladesh Awami League party and he was a former member of the Chittagong-12 constituency of the Jatiya Sangsad. He was also a freedom fighter. He was very close to the general people in our country and felt their pain by his core heart and always helped the general people for their welfare. Not only in politics but also in the business and industrial sectors, his support was incomparable for the country and people.

Birth Life:

Babu was born on May 1, 1945, in a very rich family in Chittagong. He passed the matric examination in 1958 from Patiya Adarsha High School. His college name is Notre Dame College Mymensingh where he studied. He achieved a scholarship and got admitted to the Illinois University of Science and Technology in the USA where he completed his graduation. Then he studied business administration at the New York University, USA. His father’s name is Nuruzzaman Chowdhury and his mother’s name is Khorseda Begum. He was an advocate and landlord. His wife’s name is Nurunnahar Zaman Chowdhury who is the daughter of renowned industrialists Sirazul Islam Chowdhury. He was the father of 6 children. He was associated with Bangladesh Chhatra League during his student life. He was elected to East Pakistan Provincial assembly from Anwara-West Patia in 1970. In 1971, during the Independence War of Bangladesh, he was the organizer of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.

Walks of Life and Achievement:

Babu was elected as a Member of Parliament for the Chittagong-12 constituency of the Jatiya Sangsad in 1986, 1991, 2008. He was elected president of the Awami League in the South Chittagong district in 1977, this position he held until his death. He was the chairman and founder of Animate Group and United Commercial Bank Ltd. He served as the president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He was the chairman of the 9th national Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Textiles and Jute. During the liberation war, he went to India and took various activities for the Bangladeshi immigrant’s welfare and was the committee member of Relief and Rehabilitation of Mujibnagar Government. During the middle of the liberation war, he went to many regions such as Europe, America, London for garnering the world’s support for the cause of the liberation war.

Death:

On November 4, 2012, he died of kidney complexities at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. The Muradpur-Lalkhan Bazar flyover was named after him in his memory.

 

Conclusion:

Today, there is a great need for a sacrificial leader like Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu. He always followed the ideals of Bangabandhu. His actions and vowed are an inspiration to every people in society and humanity. His counteraction against conflicting and violent politics was strong but calm and humble. He was a prominent politician and social worker of Bangladesh. His contribution to the liberation war of 1971 was incomparable. In recognition of that, he was awarded the posthumous Independence Award in 2021.

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