Doing well to others was his prime mission in life; hence social service occupied most of his life. It was the brightest phase of his career. In fact, he will be remembered mainly from his social works-welfare-oriented activities.
In different stages of his busy life, he served as committee member of Calcutta Port Hajj Committee, Chittagong Divisional General Hospital and Medical School, Chittagong District Board, Chittagong Municipality, Chittagong School Board etc.
Khan Bahadur Badi Ahmed Chowdhury had to render various service necessitated by the changing demands of the time. More than once he had to work as a director of some commercial enterprises including Calcutta’s Deshpriya Sugar Mill, Patya Tea Company, Hagging Bagan Co-operative Traders Bank, Indo-Burma Traders Bank and United Common Insurance Co. Ltd. Patya Tea Company (Patya Tea Estate) was under his supervision for long. He was one of the shareholders of State Bank of Pakistan, National Bank of Pakistan and National Cotton Mill etc.
Khan Bahadur Badi Ahmed Chowdhury was the owner of a vast estate (land property or Zamindari) spreading over different thana’s of Chittagong. Later on, some portion of his estate was acquired as ‘KHASH’ land by the government and still a great portion remains in Chakaria, Cox’s Bazar and Banskhali.
The British government evaluated his social service and honored him by giving the title ‘Khan Bahadur’. The then Viceroy of India Lord Linlithgow gave him this title. On that occasion, he was accorded a big and hearty civic reception in the Chittagong Muslim Hall on 11th August 1936. It was organized jointly be zamindars, talukdars and tenants associations along with the high officials and general mass of Chittagong. Such receptions were also held in Calcutta (India) and Rangoon (Bruma) (at present Yangoon-Mayenmar).
Khan Bahadur Badi Ahmed Chowdhury performed Hajj twice in life… first time in 1919 at the age of 34 years and the second time in 1935 as a member of the Indian Hajj Committee of Calcutta Port and leader of Bengalee Hajees. At this time he earned the title of ‘Ameerul Hajj’ and in that capacity, guided the Bengalee Hajees. This time, it so happened that he had to bargain with the Saudi Arabian government in order to gain some facilities including the lessening of bus-fare from Mecca to Medina for the Hajis (hajj pilgrims) and he was successful in this case.
Khan Bahadur Badi Ahmed Chowdhury had a closer relation with many distinguished personalities of Indo-Bangla Subcontinent. Although Muslim interest and integrity were his main concern in his life, he maintained a good relation with the non-Muslims particularly with the Hindu community and its leaders. In fact, he cherished a liberal and non-communal mentality.
- Date March 21, 2016
- Tags Life Sketch