We all know Akhtaruzzamn Babu as an ideal politician who made a break-through in our country’s socio-economic aspect with his legendary initiatives. A name that the people of Bangladesh will remember with immense respect. Akhtaruzzaman Babu dedicated his heart and soul to politics and benevolence since the very beginning of his life. All his activities and accomplishments converge into one single focus – the progress and prosperity of our motherland. He was regarded as the people’s leader.
But unlike other political and popular personnel, he always maintained a low-key life. Both as a member of the party and a significant placeholder, or a respected political leader, he never showed off his power and possession. This is the reason that people may think highly of him and imagine a version of their ideal leader in a whole different way. But as we magnify enough into the life and living of Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu, we find some facts that remain hidden from the filtered eyes. Keep reading what we have yet to be told and you will know about the Truth of Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu by the end of this minute.
Babu was in charge of broadcasting the first Liberation War Decree:
On the eve of the Liberation war of Bangladesh, Akhtaruzzaman Babu was involved in the team of organizers of the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in Chittagong. According to the reports of the South District Awami League, we come to know that the struggle committee carried out the plans from its Jupiter House in Patharghata. When the declaration of war by Bangabandhu first arrived in Chittagong, the struggle committee was assigned to disperse the message. It was finally sent from Akhtaruzzaman’s residence to Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra and all over the country. With that, the Bangladeshis came to know that the war was imminent and it was time to fight back.
Akhtaruzzamn worked in building Global Support & Endorsement:
As a selected delegate, Akhtaruzzaman Babu visited different parts of Europe and the US while the liberation war was going on. He was determined to build a worldwide opinion to have the sacrifice done by the Liberation War soldiers recognized. He traveled with the team of delegates led by Justice Abu Saeed Chowdhury to the UK and the US. Moreover, he dedicated himself to the war of independence as a freedom fighter.
Babu was a part of the Mujibnagar government:
Like other leaders of the country, Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu went to India when the liberation war started. He was handed over the significant roles by the newly formed government of Bangladesh. He was accountable for the relief and rehabilitation committee of the Mujibnagar government.
Akhtaruzzaman Babu was one of the allies against the Bloodbath:
Bangladesh confronted several political crises right in the first decade of independence. This led to controversies and the then political leaders were divided among themselves. Their conspiracy resulted in a brutal massacre of Bangabandhu and his entire family. After that, the leaders of the League felt threatened. They restrained themselves from actively participating. However, Akhtaruzzaman Babu kept his cool and took the action of risking his life. Although his activities awaited inevitable imprisonment, he never restrained himself from getting things done at the right time.
The assassination of the Bangabandhu family in 1975, shook the foundation of the Awami League. In these critical times, Babu kept contact with the leaders and workers of the Awami League. His actions helped reorganize the party.
Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu also protested with the anti-authoritarian movement. He also raised his voice against the unfair laws which led him to participate in the Chittagong movement.
In building up the newly Independent Country:
After the war was over, the laws and policies needed to be built from scratch – for the then newly formed country Bangladesh. Due to the vulnerability of the time, everything tended to go into conflict. The perspectives of each of the Lawmakers seemed to contradict and reaching a unanimous decision became harder with time. Akhtaruzzaman contributed to lawmaking in the early times. He used his experiences and deployed ideas in reforming the constitution of Bangladesh.
Babu Invested from his own Pocket in Politics:
Nowadays, most of the people in politics solely depend on the state fundings or the monetary privileges they get from the Party. Exploitation and unfair sanctions too are not uncommon as an underground practice. Akhtaruzzaman Babu was far away from all those unfair means. And on top of that, it was later on revealed that he shouldered the financial liabilities at times.
Whenever the Party faced an unprecedented scarcity or a voluntary program was about to be postponed due to insufficient funding, AKhtaruzzaman Babu expended money from his own savings. He never expected any return or refund. Rather, he seemed contentment in seeing the welfare projects carried on successfully by his benevolent contribution.
Akhtaruzzaman Babu’s innate ability to get along with people was popular not only in Chittagong but also throughout Bangladesh. It was a moral liability to devote to the people of Anowara.
Akhtaruzzaman Babu started Business as a Youth:
Akhtaruzzaman Babu was an exemplary industrialist. He pioneered the business practice in Industry since the early 60s. His intent to involve in Industry started before the liberation war and continued over for decades as we know. Starting from 1965, he established Boyle Industry after having confronted the apparent boundaries and beating the odds. Later on, he established Asif Steel Mill, Javed Steel Mill, Asif Synthetic, Panam Vegetable, Afroza Oil Mill, Bengal Synthetic Products, and many more.
After Independence, he shifted his attention to the left out foreign mills. He purchased Vanguard Steel Mill and Synthetic Resin Products. The foreign-owned Armit Mill too was bought and reinforced by him.
Akhtaruzzaman Babu created a central management system. The well-known business organization of our country – the Zaman Industrial Group was established by him in the ‘80s.
Babu established the 2nd Private Banking sector:
United Commercial Bank Limited, also known as UCBL is a reputed private bank in our country. But very few of us know that the bank was founded by Akhtaruzzaman Babu after independence. He was the founding chairman of the 2nd earliest private bank in Bangladesh.
He was a big-hearted benevolent:
Akhtaruzzaman Babu rendered monetary assistance in founding and establishing mosques, madrasas, schools, and colleges. Today they stand as the emblems of charity at Anwara and West Patiya in Chittagong. Anwara Degree College, Haildhar Basharuzzaman Memorial Education Center, Barumchhara Shaheed Basharuzzaman High School, Anwara Jugesh Chandra Memorial Trust & JHB High School, 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 were established by him. Since the early ‘60s, these charitable activities turned him into a guardian figure to the people of the greater Chittagong.
Akhtaruzzaman Babu had never chosen to settle abroad:
Akhtaruzzaman Babu completed his secondary school certificate from Patiya High School at the end of the ‘60s. After the completion of his secondary school education, he got admitted to Notre Dame College in Dhaka. Later, he got admitted to Illinois University of Science and Technology, the US with a scholarship. He studied business administration at New York University as well. He took an oath to serve his motherland against which the luxurious life abroad couldn’t gain on him. He returned to Bangladesh in December 1968.
Equality & Equity:
Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury never took pride in himself even after becoming one of the affluent industrialists in Bangladesh. Rather, people were amazed at his humble behavior. He was a ‘People’s man’ and always preferred being regarded as the people’s leader. The appreciation and love of mass people are the most envious achievement that Akhtaruzzaman Babu cherished throughout his life.