In the quiet corridors of memory, there are some figures who etch themselves onto the very fabric of our hearts. Mr. Ebadur Rahman Chowdhury, affectionately known as “Maya mama” to many of his nephews like me, was undeniably one of those luminous souls whose presence illuminated the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him. On this solemn day, as we bid farewell to a man of exceptional character, I find myself compelled to share the remarkable story of a politician, a statesman, a family man, and above all, a profoundly compassionate human being.
Mr. Ebadur Rahman Chowdhury left us at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, 6th September 2023, marking the end of an era in the political landscape of Moulvi Bazar district. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raajiuun. His journey was one of service, commitment, and unwavering dedication to the welfare of his constituents.
For several terms, he proudly represented the Moulvi Bazar-1 constituency in the parliament. His political career was not just defined by the titles he held, but by the indomitable spirit with which he approached his responsibilities. As a state minister, he exhibited remarkable acumen, striving tirelessly to address the issues that plagued our community.
However, Mr. Ebadur Rahman Chowdhury’s legacy extends far beyond his political achievements. He was, first and foremost, a man of integrity. His honesty was a shining beacon in a world often tainted by corruption. As a very well-read personality, his humbleness and commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards set an example for all of us.
Tall and handsome, he possessed a charismatic presence that drew people toward him. But it was his warm smile and genuine concern for others that truly left an indelible mark. His benevolent guardianship extended not only to his constituents but to our entire family. In him, we found a mentor, a confidant, and a loving presence that offered solace in times of turmoil.
In summarizing his illustrious political career, Mr. Ebadur Rahman Chowdhury embarked on his journey in active politics through his active participation in the 1969 mass uprising as a member of Bangladesh Chhatra League. His commitment to the cause was further underscored when he played a pivotal role in organizing freedom fighters during our nation’s liberation war in 1971. In 1988, he achieved his first political milestone by securing a parliamentary seat in Moulvi Bazar-1 constituency, representing the Jatiya Party. Subsequently, he assumed the pivotal role of District Council Chairman in Moulvi Bazar. In a testament to his enduring popularity and dedication, Mr. Chowdhury was elected as a Member of Parliament for three consecutive terms, as a candidate of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
During his tenure as State Minister of the Ministry of Relief and Disaster Management within the four-party alliance government, Mr. Ebadur Rahman Chowdhury effectively discharged his responsibilities, showcasing his leadership prowess. Despite his immense popularity as a leader, he gracefully chose not to contest the 2018 parliamentary election, citing his advancing age and health concerns as reasons for his decision.
Throughout his political career, Mr. Chowdhury left an indelible mark on the socio-economic development of his constituency. His dedication to education was particularly noteworthy, as he established several high-standard educational institutions and ensured the efficient management of existing ones, significantly contributing to the development of education in his constituency. As a politician, one of his most commendable attributes was his extraordinary oratory skills and genuine dedication to inspiring people towards positive politics. As a seasoned parliamentarian, Mr. Chowdhury earned the respect and affection of both his allies and political opponents alike, cementing his legacy as a beloved and respected figure in Bangladesh’s political landscape.
Despite his busy involvement in politics, our mama was a shining example of a devoted family man. He maintained communication with both near and distant relatives with ease and care, making a concerted effort to attend all significant family gatherings, including wedding ceremonies and funerals. His unwavering commitment to family values extended to his role as an inspirational figure for most of us. He consistently encouraged us to excel in our jobs and studies, emphasizing the importance of skills and education in achieving a dignified life. I will forever cherish my vivid memory of the joy in his eyes when I was awarded a talent pool scholarship back in my class five. As a token of his happiness, he gifted me a charming book and some money to purchase something of my choice. Even as a 10-year-old, his genuine happiness and motivating words on my academic achievement have etched themselves into my heart. His affection and care were not reserved solely for me; he extended that warmth to every member of our family, leaving an indelible mark on us all. I deeply admired his profound respect and admiration for my father late Abdur Rahim Chowdhury, who not only was his cousin but also had the honor of being his teacher at the high school level. It was a testament to the genuine bond and reverence they shared, transcending both family ties and the classroom.
As we remember and honor Mr. Ebadur Rahman Chowdhury, let us not only mourn the loss of a great politician but also celebrate the life of an exceptional human being. He leaves behind a legacy of love, service, and unwavering dedication to the betterment of our society. In the days ahead, may we find solace in the memories we shared, the lessons he imparted, and the love he bestowed upon us.
Takad Ahmed Chowdhury
Associate Professor and former Head
Department of English
University of Asia Pacific (UAP)