When we think of a leader, many qualities spring to our mind- ambitious, modest, patriotic, benevolent, generous. These qualities exemplified our very own Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu, born in Anwara, Chittagong. He was one of the most remembered political leaders of Bangladesh. As a young kid, his growing love for politics led him to become this man who not only cherished political balance but the ideology of humanity and public welfare.

 

Early life and Education

Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury was academically very talented. After graduating from Patia college, he got into one of the renowned colleges of Dhaka, Notre Dame College. He embarked upon his political journey during secondary school after being elected the Dakshin Zila Chhatra League member in 1958. Moreover, his undeniable academic skills landed him a scholarship during the intermediate level. Subsequently, he moved to the USA, continuing his higher studies at the Illinois University of Science and Technology.

 

Political career and contributions

On returning to Bangladesh with a degree, he started helping with his elder brother’s commercial business. Eventually, two years later, not being able to keep his mind off politics, Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury joined the political group Awami League, officially beginning his political career.

 

Political Timeline

  • 1967: Elected as a member of Halidhar Union Parishad
  • 1970:Elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly
  • 1971 (Liberation War): Arranged and conducted the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra
  • 1972:Became a member of Bangladesh constitutional council along with reforming the constitution
  • 1975: Followed by the murder of Bangabandhu, the dishevelled Awami league party was regenerated and brought back by Akhtaruzzaman

 

Later in the years of 1986,1991, and 2008, he was elected as a member of the national parliament.

 

Other contributions and Achievements

During the Liberation war, Akhtaruzzaman represented himself as a delegate of Bangladesh and visited the US, UK, Europe to gain international support on behalf of the Bengali freedom fighters. Furthermore, his visit to India helped the Bangladeshi immigrants. He has also been a part of the relief and rehabilitation programme of the Mujibnagar government. Despite refusing to represent himself as an industrialist, he paved the path to a better economy. Firstly in 1965, he built a factory called Boyle industry. Afterwards, while adding to the establishment of other industries and factories, the United Commercial Bank was founded by Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu, which created a new era for the private banking sector of Bangladesh.

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