While trying to figure out life, people often look for a particular role model to look up to. It is not always the inspiration one looks for but also a hint of resemblance in each others’ journey. Having known someone who has gone through somewhat similar struggles helps one find solace in times of despair.

Even though it is pretty challenging to find the perfect role model, it was impossible either. One of the most remembered politicians, Akhtaruzzaman Babu, will unequivocally never cease to be an inspiration for the next generation.

Someone who valued his country over everything else

Akhtaruzzaman always interlinked the purpose of all his actions to the country’s welfare and people. It is indeed sporadic to find people who can communicate such a kind of pure love to others. Therefore, the youngsters can always look up to him for loving their country a little harder.

He served as a Bangladeshi delegate and a member of the relief and rehabilitation programme during the Liberation War to help the Bangladeshi immigrants and freedom fighters. After the war, in 1975, the assassination of the Bangabandhu family increased political risks and death threats. Despite that, Akhtaruzzaman contacted 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 to fight for democracy. Consequently, he was tortured in jail for his participation.

Someone who believed in himself and was not afraid to fail 

Even as a child, Akhtaruzzaman was quite headstrong about his goals in life. Despite being aware of the uncertainty and risk of life involving his career path, he did not fear stepping into it. He even started preparing at a pretty young age.

In 1958 while studying in secondary school, he became elected as a Dakshin Zila Chhatra League member. Furthermore, even before the Liberation War, he became an elected member of the East Pakistan Assembly. While it could have been somewhat overwhelming for others, Akhtaruzzaman gained a befitting perspective on the political state before and after the war.

Someone who did not stop in the name of success

It is some sort of human instinct often witnessed; people tend to enjoy remaining stationary at the point of reaching expected success. In other cases, in fear of losing the fruits of the present, people often step away from risking new leaps. However, being Akhtaruzzaman, it was rather conventional for him to be the unconventional one. Following his impressive political success, he engaged in building factories and trade industries to nurture the then economy of Bangladesh.

  • Established several industries and factories
  • Founded Zaman Industrial Group
  • Founder of United Commercial Bank, the second most primary private bank of Bangladesh
  • Received worldwide recognition as a businessman

Someone who could not help helping others

It was indeed his nature to give and spread love wherever possible.

  • Built several mosques, madrasas and colleges
  • Helped people in need, including those seeking help
  • Funded political projects from his pocket when required
  • Initiated and funded several charity works

The list of things to be mentioned about Akhtaruzzaman to the future generation is infinite. Nevertheless, the youth will realize if he could do it, they can too. Just a bit of courage is what it will take.

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