Published : Monday, 24 October, 2016 at 12:00 AM
Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir
Obaidul Quader, having a prolonged, prosperous and renowned political life, is a cultural-minded, kind, logical, sacrificing, straight-talking and honest person in his personal life. He is a leader with full of dreams of the welfare of the people of Bangladesh.
When Bangladesh as well as Awami League was in crisis with Padma Bridge corruption issues, at that time, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina provided him the big responsibility of the Communication Ministry. It was a blistering challenge for him.
But Obaidul Quader has seen faces of success in every step while he carried forward with this huge responsibility. After a long run as a successful minister and a dedicated leader of the party, this amiable personality was finally rewarded with his new role inside his party.
After a lot of speculation, Obaidul Quader has become the General Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League as the declaration came out from the 20th National Council of the country’s oldest political party, Bangladesh Awami League.
He has been carrying out his roles as the Minister of Road Transport and Bridges. He is also the Member of Presidium, Standing Committee and Parliamentary Board of Bangladesh Awami League.
Obaidul Quader was born on January 01, 1952 at Bara Rajapur village, Companyganj upazila of Noakhali district. His father, Mosharrof Hossain was a civil servant and later became a teacher. His father went to Calcutta Islamia College with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. His mother Fazilatunnesa was a housewife.
Obaidul Quader passed his Matriculation with first division from Bashurhat Govt. AHC High School and passed his HSC with a place on the merit list from Noakhali Govt. College. Later he graduated in political science from Dhaka University.
He was actively involved in the Six-Point Movement in 1966 at a very young age. He also took part in the Mass Upsurge and 11-Point Movement in 1969. During the 1971 Liberation War, he was the Commander of Companyganj Thana Mujib Forces. After the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975, he paid for his loyalty to the demised leader of the nation as he was imprisoned for two and a half years. He was elected the President of Bangladesh Chhatra League while he was imprisoned. He was the President of Bangladesh Chhatra League central committee for two consecutive terms.
Obaidul Quader was always active in politics. He was elected MP from Noakhali-5 constituency in 7th Parliamentary election in 1996. He was appointed State Minister for Youth, Sports and Cultural Affairs in 1996-2001. He was elected Senior Joint General Secretary of Awami League in 2002-2009. He was severely injured in the grenade attack of 21st August, 2004.
Unfortunately, he was imprisoned for 18 months during the tenure of Caretaker Government in 2007-08. He was elected as MP from Noakhali-5 constituency in 10th parliamentary election in 2014. He took oath as Communication Minister in 2014 and served as Communications Minister from 2011-2014. Later the ministry’s name later changed to the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges.
He has also worked as the Assistant Editor of the Daily Banglar Bani for a long time. And he is the author of nine books including Bangladesh: A Revolution Betrayed, Bangladesher Hridoy Hotey, Pakistaner Karagarey Bangabandhu and Ei Bijoyer Mukut Kothay etc.
We can put on high hopes on the future of Bangladesh Awami League as this great political personality will play a vital role for the party.
Mir Mosharref Hossain. Pakbir is the Chief Editor & Managing Director of Mohammadi News Agency (MNA)]