Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was an intellectual person who sacrificed himself for the welfare of our country. He uplifted the respect, pride, values of our country bravely. He was a well-known politician who had worked for the Bangladesh Awami League party.
His support for the people of Bangladesh and the politics was undeniable. Not only the politics but also he did a remarkable job in the industrial sectors.
About Mr Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu
Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was born in 1945 in Chittagong. His father Nuruzzaman Chowdhury was both a lawyer and a landlord. His mother Khorsheda Begum was a housewife. In 1956, he passed his matriculation and got admitted to one of the best colleges- Dhaka Notre College. He completed his graduation at New York University in business administration.
He was passionate about politics since high school. He got elected as a member of the Dakkhin Zila Chhatra League in 1956. He was elected as the president of the South Chittagong District unit of the Awami League. Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu was elected for this position in 1977 and served Chittagong till his last breath.
Besides, he also served Jatiya Sangsad as a standard member and represented the Chittagong-12 constituency. He showed his capability not only as a politician but also as a businessman. He founded the second private bank of our country named United Commercial Bank Limited (UCBL). He is the only Bangladeshi who was elected vice-chairman of the 77 Jati group and represented Bangladesh worldwide.
His Contributions During The Liberation War:
Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury conducted works of the warfare committee from his Jupiter residence when the cooperation movement took place. He became a member of the Bangladesh People’s Assembly that was formed in 1972 after the liberation war. He was one of the pioneer persons who drafted the constitution of Bangladesh.
He participated in the anti-authoritarian movement in the eighties which was held in Chittagong. He was even tortured and went to jail because of protesting against the dictatorship.
In 1975, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was murdered brutally. The Awami League faced internal conflicts at that time as the foundation was shaken up. Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu maintained contact with the leaders and the workers of the party to restore the balance. He even risked his life in order to reorganize the Awami League.
Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra
When Bangabandhu declared the independence of Bangladesh, it was challenging to broadcast it everywhere. However, Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury managed it and aired the message all over the country from his residence through Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. For his initiative, the mass people were aware of the war and could prepare themselves.
Contributions to Chittagong:
Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu had a soft corner for his hometown Anwara. He used his parliamentary rights to develop Chittagong as the president of the South Chittagong District unit of Awami League. He not only developed the infrastructure but also solidified many people’s lives from scratch. He had a clear vision of long-term development projects. He established lots of academic institutes, mosques, madrasas so that children could be educated. That’s why he achieved everlasting respect and love from his supporters.
Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu had contributed to the betterment of the country as much as he could. He always sacrificed for this country and kept working for its development. That’s why people loved him and still mourn for this great loss. This legendary person set an example of patriotism to the next generation. The ordinary people of Bangladesh will forever remember his contributions and will always be alive in our hearts.