Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was an eminent Bangladesh Awami League Politician and a freedom fighter in the Liberation war of Bangladesh. As a former Jatiya Sangsad member, he represented the Chittagong-12 Constituency after being elected three times. His incredible contribution to politics and the beliefs and ideas Babu left behind will always be remembered and admired. He has left us with a benchmark against which future leaders can be judged and paved the way for current and future leaders to follow.
He was born in a wealthy aristocrat family on May 1, 1945. Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was born and brought up in Chittagong. From a young age, Babu involved himself in politics, from being appointed as Provincial Assembly for East Pakistan from Anwara-West Patia in 1970 to work under the Bangladesh Chatra League while being a student, organising Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in Chittagong during our liberation war. All of which is now seen as an excellent start to his political journey.
Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was a devoted follower of Bangabandhu and followed his ideas throughout his life. He believed politics was the means of greater human welfare and was against violent politics. Babu won the hearts of the general people through his ethics and morality. He offered himself to uphold the values and respect of all the Bangladeshi people. Babu’s contribution in organizing the Awami League after ’75 was monumental, and he was also one of those who led the Chattogram movement. In 1977 he was appointed as the president of the South Chittagong District unit of the Awami League, a position he held until his demise.
Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was not only a successful and renowned politician; he was also a successful businessman. He is the founder of Aramit Group and the founding chairman of the second private bank in Bangladesh, United Commercial Bank Limited. He played an essential role as the business leader of the business community and worked to improve the financial sectors in Bangladesh.
Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was a humanitarian and philanthropist. All the life, he has faithfully worked for the people and the country. By creating jobs, he reduced the rate of unemployment and by building many schools, colleges and madrassas and mosques, he established the channel for better education. He was also affiliated with other charitable works. He was always preoccupied with what would be suitable for the people and worked to make the country better.
Throughout his whole life, he has brought about many changes. He has achieved many things from being a selfless politician who always worked to help the people of his country by helping the poor and deprived people in society and working for the government to become a prosperous industrialist establishing one of Bangladesh’s most successful banks. For his prodigious contribution to the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, he won the Independence Award in 2021.
Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu took his last breath on November 4 2012, and with his departure, he left a void in the political, financial and social aspect of Bangladesh. We can only hope that our current and future leaders will also aspire and inherit the same values, beliefs and principles as Babu. We are in dire need of someone as extraordinary as Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu.