Prof. Muktader Azad Khan, Founder President, Sandwip Lekhok Forum; Publicity Secretary, Central Committee, Non-MPO Shikkha Protisthan Shikkhok Kormochary Oikkojot; Sandwip Correspondent, The Guardian, Dainik Azadi, Dainik Amar Desh and Senior Vice-President, Sandwip Press Club
Former teacher and organizer of liberation war Alhaj Master Shahjahan reminds us of a dedicated person for establishing, nourishing and flourishing educational institutions of Sandwip. He is the president of Sandwip Upazila Awami League. He also holds the post of upazila chairman. He founded Sandwip Ideal High School and revived almost dead Bauria G K Academy. He also played a pioneering role in advancing the Mustafizur Rahman College by enlisting into MPO and paid long arrear salary of the teachers.
Presently, he holds the post of president of managing committee of BauriaGKAcademy and SandwipIdealHigh School and is also the president of the governing body of AbulQuashemHaiderMohilaCollege and UttarSandwipCollege. After being elected the Upazila chairman on 22nd February 2010, he has gained a firm place in the heart of the Sandwipess by upgrading the quality of education, improving the cultural activities in educational institutions, holding monthly co-ordination meeting of Upazila Parishad , holding the meeting of Upazila Shikkha Committee regularly, making Union Parishads more dynamic by attending meeting in the remote union parishad even Urirchar regularly, accelerating the infrastructural development of educational institutions, gearing up the upazila administration, taking steps to ensure accountability of municipalities and union parishads, making himself available to the reach of remote people as a public representative, attending all formal and informal occasions of education institutions and social organizations, observing significant national days with due solemnity, constructing Bangla Bazar Sluice gate and ensuring political co-existence among the people of all walks.
To implement the age long nourished dream of people of Sandwip, he has formed Sandwip-Urirchar Bangabandhu Cross Dam Bastobaion Prishad. In demand of cross dam, this organization, kept entire Sandwip stop for 5 minutes on 20th September 2010. Due to his continuous efforts the issue of cross-dam has been raised in The National Parliament through Engineer Mosharraf Hosen MP. To enlist Abul Quasem Haider Mohila College into MPO, he repeatedly talked to Engineer Mosharraf Hossain MP and Dr. Afsarul Amin MP (Minister for Ministry of Primary and Mass Education).
He proved his efficiency in distributing various kinds of allocation received from government among his party activists and also appointed his party activists in vacant positions of different madrasas, schools and colleges in Sandwip. By virtue of his able leadership, in the last Union Parishad election held on 4th June 2011, Awami League gained a big triumph by winning the chairmanship in 10 among 15 Union Parishads in Sandwip upazila. After long 13 years, in a colorful conference of upazila Awami League held on 29th January 2011, he was selected the president of Sandwip Upazila Awami League. It is also worth mentioning that during the regime of autocrat Ershad in 1982, after the enquiry against all misappropriations and corruptions of all Union Parishad chairmen, he has been awarded a heroic esteem for his responsible and good governance of Union Parishad. All of his above mentioned activities prove that he could go a long way in turning the difficulties of Sandwipees to opportunities if he is allowed a chance
Shahjahan is the pioneer of unity of Sandwipees
Mohammad Humayun Kabir, Businessman and Social Worker
Shahjahan was born in a respectable Muslim family in the village of Bouria in Sandwip. After completion of education he joined in G K Academy as an honorary teacher. Later on he joined the politics. Since his student life he is actively involved in politics.
I have got him from my student life. He was once my teacher. As a teacher I found quiet a new person in him. Whenever a student of his school fell ill he enquired about them. He played the most important role to turn G k Academy as a reputed school in Sandwip.
He has made an immense change in the development of Sandwip. He has also contributed to almost every educational institution. Under his close guidance educational and administrative works of every institution is running well. He time to time visits different educational institution to watch them close.
In 2012, hon’ble prime minister Sheikh Hasina visited Sandwip. Shahjahan as the representative of Sandwip produced various demands especially the Sandwip-Urichar cross-dam before the visiting prime minister. Sandwipees sought kind consent of the prime minister for development of communication infrastructure, construction of new buildings of educational institutions, construction of new embankment, reconstruction of old embankment. The Prime Minster gave her consent in a public meeting to fulfill those demands
There prevailed a political clash once in Sandwip. After became an upozila chairman in 2009 Shahjahan has made a radical change in Sandwip. He did not take revenge on his opponent rather forgave them. He has ensured a political coexistence among the people of all walks. People are now living in complete harmony in Sandwip. He is the pioneer of unity of Sandwipees.
I pray for his sound health and every success in future.
Shahjahan is very committed to the interest of Sandwip
Mohammad Karimul Mowla Liton, Treasurer of Sandwip Samity and Joint Secretary of Sandwip Education & Cultural Society
Alhaj Master Shahjahan B.A. was born in 1946 in a respectable Muslim family in Bauria union of Sandwip. Since his student life he was involved with student politics. After completion of education he took to teaching as a profession. Afterwards, he came in close contact with the national politics. Master Shahjahan has been carrying on the responsibility with much efficiency as the president of Sandwip Upazila Awami League since 1978.
Besides this, he discharged responsibility as an elected chairman of Bauria union for consecutive five terms. Basically, he is well known to the people of Sandwip as a successful chairman.
In 2009 he has been elected as the chairman of Sandwip upazila under his able leadership. Law and order situation is now quiet satisfactory in Sandwip. Now there are many problems in island Sandwip. I had a number of discussions with him in different functions regarding various problems of Sandwip. He seems to be very cordial for the greater interest of Sandwip.
In 2012, hon’ble prime minister Sheikh Hasina visited Sandwip. Shahjahan as the representative of Sandwip produced various demands especially the Sandwip-Urichar cross-dam before the visiting prime minister. Sandwipees seek kind consent of the prime minister for development of communication infrastructure, construction of new buildings of educational institutions, construction of new embankment, reconstruction of old embankment along with opening of honours courses in two colleges of Sandwip. The Prime Minster gave her consent in a public meeting to fulfill those demands.
Master Shahjahan is communicating with the concerned ministries in order to realize those demands consented by the Prime Minster. Especially the steamer service in the eastern side of Sandwip as the river becomes very mighty and dreadful in rainy season. In that season it becomes risky and dangerous to cross the Sandwip channel by Trawler or boat.
Delwar Kha Road is at present in a very bad condition for communication. It needs an early reconstruction. Inhabitants of Sandwip feel lack of security in rainy season. So it is very urgent to construct embankments on the south and west side of Sandwip as well as to reconstruct the old and broken embankment.
I hope Master Shahjahan as the representative of Sandwipees will continue his noble efforts for the betterment of Sandwip.
I wish him a long life with sound health.
Master Shahjahan- A leader of inspirations for Sandwipees
Md. Mostafa Kamal, Staff Reporter, The Guardian
Nadir ekul bhange okul gore
Eito nadir khela
Shokal belar amir re bhai
Fakir sondhya bela
(A river breaks down
on its one side
While forms another side
It is the go of the river.
The person who is rich
in morning may turn
beggar in evening.)-
A few verses from a memorable song sung by the noted Artiste late Abdul Alim. The lyrics of the song remind us of the essence of an island of Sandwip. In long passage of time the island Sandwip emerged from the sea. It is known from history that about 3000 years ago an island emerged on the estuary of Meghna along the bank of Bay of Bengal.
But who knows where the name “Sandwip” has been originated from?
It is said that when the European came to this region they first entered this island. They heaped sand to make living accommodation. The word “Sandheap” might turn in course of time into the name “Sandwip”.
In another concept, as many as 12 saints came from Baghdad to Chittagong riding on the back of fish. They found a place for saying prayer. Then they found an island in the sea and landed there. They named the island “Sunnodwip”. Many said that the name Sandwip was derived from the word “Sunnodwip”.
This island gave birth to eminent personalities like poet, political leader, government officer and many others who have enriched Sandwip in many ways. Alhaj Shahjahan is one of them.
Shahjahan was born in a respectable Muslim family in the village of Bouria in Sandwip. After completion of education he joined in G K Academy as an honorary teacher. Later on he joined in politics. Since his student life he is actively involved in politics. He was elected chairman of Bauria union parishad five times and achieved unprecedented popularity for dedication and honesty.
In 2009 Master Shahjahan has been elected chairman of Sandwip upazila. He always works with the general people of Sandwip and inspires them. Once there prevailed a turbulent situation in Sandwip. But after being elected as an upozila chairman he has ensured a political coexistence among people of all walks.
Shahjahan is a patron of education. He always moves to every educational institution to know the real condition. He has constructed many infrastructures in many educational institutions. He is also interested in co-curricular activities besides education. Under his close guidance every educational institution is observing annual games and sports progamme.
Shahjahan has made a revolutionary change in infrastructural development. He has allotted a good amount of fund for reconstruction of road. He is working dedicatedly for construction Sandwip-Urichar Cros-Dam.
I wish may Allah grant him a long life and every success in his political career – Ameen!
Shahjahan turns Bauria a model union in Sandwip upazila
Mohammad Abdul Kader Forkan, Secretary, Legal Wing, Bangladesh Awami League New York City Unit and Member of Sandwip Upazila Amwmi League
Sandwip is an island detached from the main land of the country. This island is deprived of all civic facilities. However this island has an enriched history of political struggle. Who have a long journey on the path of the history of politics time-tested activist of Awami League Mohammad Shahjahan B.A. is one of them. He has become a legendary politician of Awami League politics in Sandwip amid lots of ups and downs. He in his long political career never deviated from the path of idealism. No fear and obstacle could move him from his goal.
During the crucial time of the politics of Sandwip Awami League, he held the helm with iron hand and reorganized Sandwip Awami League by dint of his strong leadership. He has encouraged all the oppressed leaders, activists and supporters of Awami League with the idealism of father of the nation.
I can not resist my temptation to say something about Master Shahjahan. Here is a brief discussion about his social and development activities.
Master Shahjahan has served as an honorary teacher of BowriaG.K.Academy for a long time. In 1977 he elected as a chairman of Bauria Union Parishad with a massive victory. He was an elected chairman of union parishad for four consecutive terms. He has contributed a great deal during his tenure. He turned Bauria Union Parishad a model in Sandwip by establishing good-governance, developing communicative infrastructures, constructing pool, culvert, school, college, madrasha. In 1986 he has established Sandwip Ideal High School. In 1997 he has been elected uncontested as a chairman of Bauria Union Parishad. He has been serving as the president of Sandwip Awmi League for long 25 years. He has elected as a chairman of Board of Directors of Sandwip General Hospital founded by Bowria welfare Association (New York).
I wish him a long life with a sound heath as well as a successful political career.
Shahjahan works relentlessly to turn Sandwip into a prosperous upazila
Md. Fazlul Kabir, Jounalist and Social Worker
Upazila Chairman Shajahan was born in a respectable Muslim family in Sandwip. He has a glorious political career. From his very youth he has been active in political activities. He worked for the welfare of Sandwip and is still working. The motto of his life is to develop his beloved birthplace Sandwip. With this view he has been working relentlessly to change Sandwip into a prosperous upazila. So, to develop the island Sandwip he pays much attention to education sector. He works wholeheartedly to spread the light of education in order to dispel the darkness of ignorance. He does not act parsimony to do anything what is possible for him. He visits almost all educational institutions in Sandwip to know the problems and tries to give solutions.
He has introduced a number of reforms in education sector. Besides education, he also stresses on extracurricular activities. Presently, all institutions yearly arrange games and sports programmes. With his well-thought and well-organized plan educational institutions are going ahead to modernize the island Sandwip.
A large portions of land mass of the island has eroded into river. His heart aches to see the distress of erosion-hit people. He tries to minimize the sufferings of them. He always stands by them in danger. He manages shelter, food, medicine from government. We need such a dedicated and sincere leader like Shajahan to develop Sandwip as well as the country.
May Allah grant him a long life to serve Sandwipees.
Shahjahan carries weight in politics of Sandwip
Anwar Absar, Secretary General, Muktopran
Sandwip has a glorious political and socio-cultural recognition. It gave birth to many renowned figures like ever memorable politician Comrade Muzaffar, revolutionary Lalmohan Sen, Rajkumar Chakraborti, Aunangomohan Das, Belal Mohammed, Nasrin Haque. She gave us many devoted and popular politician and national personalities and most of them are departed from us. Master Shahjahan is a living legend in the history of Sandwip.I would like to thank The Guardian to bring out an especial issue on the living political personality Master Shahjahan B.A.
Shahjahan is an accomplished and highly experienced politician. His political life is studded with praise of Sandwipees. He has control over the island Sandwip. He has been leading Sandwip Awami League for long time with his inborn capabilities. He was elected as a chairman of Bauria Union Porishad for consecutive five terms. Now he is the chairman of Sandwip Upazila Porishad
As a politician, Shahjahan is an example of successful leadership. He has an uncompromising attitude. President Ziaur Rahaman and H.M Ershad asked him to join BNP and Jatio Party during their tenures. But he did not abandon Awami League; moreover, he is leading this party efficiently till toady. In this sense it can be said that he carries weight in politics.
He took part in politics from his adolescence and got admiration of people as a dedicated politician. After the massive victory of Awami League in 2009 parliamentary election, he has ensured a peaceful political coexistence between local A.L and B.N.P.
As a public representative he is fair and lacks no transparent. He has so far no fund scandal in his political career. He has never consumed any public property illegally. There is no example of his taking unfair advantage from union or upozila parishad. He has introduced himself as a worthy people’s representative during Major Ziaur Rahaman’s marshal law. Thereupon he got acclamation from naval contingent while other U.P chairmen received disgraceful punishment. They appeared corrupt and were discharged but chairman Shahjahan was exceptional. Shahjahan was able to prove his fairness in administrative works.
Recently he has selected as an ‘ideal upozila chairman’ by National Human Rights Society. It is no doubt that, this reward will illustrate his political career. We are sure, if he becomes a member of the parliament, he will be able to bring a shining future for Sandwip.
Master Shahjahan-Our man
Md. Arif Ali, Manager-Local Procurement, Impress-Newtex Composite Textile and Ex-Student Leader
Every man is strictly bounded by his destiny. If he wishes he can not break this rule of the nature. But by great efforts a man can become an icon of the society and can achieve unprecedented popularity
Master Shahjahan is one of rare instance of such iconic personality. I have never found him boast of political post and position like an ordinary man .Many a time I have got opportunities to get close to him. But once I found him like a political leader rather I got a real image of a dedicated public representative in him. I look him upon my father and think him a responsible person.
Once I have passed time with Master Shajahan beside the pond in front of the house of 32 Dhanmondi .We used to enjoy nuts. We discussed frankly many issues of Sandwip. He is a man of cool brain. He answered questions of his opponent very calmly. His answer dispelled all the confusions in a jiffy.
His attractive personality makes me admire him. I think him as a member of my family. So when he was ailing and underwent treatment in Apollo hospital I used to visit him every day. Whenever I visited him my tears rolled down. I did not if it is tears or melted form of love and respect.
I mast have to remember new at the time when I had been the general secretary of Chhatra League at OmarGhaniMESCollege, Chittagong. Once on some reason I went home. The then MP Mustafizur Rahman sent my friend Taher to bring me to him. He instructed me to deliver a speech on the function of Freshers’ reception. I normally use interesting and sportive talks. But there was Master Shahjahan in front of him I could not pronounce such words as I think him like my father. Then I informed the MP. The MP took him to principal’s room. Then I started my speech. But he must have heard my speech from there. I could not go before him a long time in shame.
He has made an immense change in the development of Sandwip. He has also contributed to almost every educational institution. Under his close guidance educational and administrative works of every institution run well. He time to time visits different educational institution to watch them close.
Sandwip was once a locality of terrorist. After became an upozila chairman in 2009 Shahjahan has made a radical change in Sandwip. He did no take revenge on his opponent rather forgave them. He has ensured a political coexistence among the people of all walks. People are now living in complete harmony in Sandwip.
Master Shahjahan is an incomparable, unparallel, and unprecedented personality and a dedicated leader of the people. I wish him a long life and every success.
Master Shahjahan carrying on all round efforts for peace and discipline in Sandwip
– Rahim Mohammed
Rahim Mohammed, Secretary, Sandwip Press Club
Master Shahjahan is the name of a dedicated, ideal and promising personality in the political arena of Sandwip. Inspite of many ups and downs in politics he has become famous for his honesty and uncompromising political ability in Sandwip. Especially this is an open secret to all that his avoidance of joining BNP following the proposal of President Ziaur Rahman and also the matter of his being an honest union parishad chairman as recognized by the then Martial Law Administration of early eighties, he has been a popular leader in Sandwip.
Carrying his colorful political life, during the 90’s, Master Shahjahan played the main role in wining the Awami League candidate as the Parliament Member from Sandwip. From the beginning of 90s he also stood boldly against the heinous political terrorism in Sandwip and ultimately became successful in establishing political coexistence today.
In Chittagong Division he was awarded as the best upazila chairman for his outstanding contributions to peace, social security and political coexistence in Sandwip. With the past experience of teaching and administerial capacity in the secondary school, he has made a special contribution to the development of education arena in Sandwip. By virtue of being the president of upazila education committee, he is also carrying on various efforts for the development of primary education side by side secondary, madrasha and college levels of education in Sandwip. As a result, the overall academic result of primary level has been praiseworthy in Sandwip.
Sometimes Master Shahjahan as Upazila Chairman pays surprise visit to the schools in the locality which makes teachers dutiful and active. At the same time, the teachers are also inspired by his visit and thus academic functions as well as cultural activities of the intuitions become encouraging. In the mean time, under his inspiration a school in Sandwip has been able to have won the first prize in Bangabandhu Gold Cup competition and this school has been already able to come within the favour of the government.
Recently, the hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid a visit to Sandwip, and has announced to fulfil the demands of Sandwipees, including Cross-Dam. Upon materialization of these demands, the socio-economic condition of Sandwip of course be highly developed.
Over all and above, Master Shahjahan is carrying on all round efforts for establishing peace and discipline better than that of all times and working to maintain peaceful living and political coexistence among all in Sandwip.
Master Shahjahan dreams of a modern Sandwip
– Shyamol Roy
Shyamol Roy, Businessma and Social Worker
Master Shahjahan is the present upazila chairman of Sandwip. He has been involved in politics from his student life. After completion of academic life he took up teaching as profession. But soon he joined politics for the greater interest of Sandwipees. In 1976 he had been elected as a chairman of his unoin parishad. He was chairman of his union parishad for consecutive five terms. In 2009 he has been elected as the chairman of Sandwip upazila. As a political leader of Awami League he experienced much harassment. But after becoming upazila chairman he did not think of taking revenge rather he forgave those who harassed him and his workers.
Shahajahan has gained an unprecedented popularity in politics of Sandwip. Once there prevailed indiscipline in the administration of Sandwip. He has played the key role to prevent that situation. Now the inhabitants of Sandwip are living in a complete harmony.
Shajahan is a patron of education. He always moves to every educational institution of Sandwip. Whenever any problem arises in any institution he rushes to solve. He has contributed a lot in infrastructural development of Sandwip. Besides education, he also emphasizes on cultural activities. Under his close guidance every educational institution holds sports and cultural programme every year.
Shahjahan brought in a radical change in infrastructural development of communication sector. Communication system of Sandwip has improved much. He dreams of a modern Sandwip. He has contributed much in the construction of the most essential roads of Sandwip upazila. He has also constructed embankment to protect the mainland of Sandwip. He is also leading the movement of the Sandwip-Urichar cross-dam. A cross-dam implementation committee has been formed under his leadership.
For his political farsightedness Master Shahjahan came in the light of greater political arena. He has been passing his whole life under the banner of Awmi League. As an ideal political soldier of Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibu Rahman, Master Shahjahan has dedicated himself to the service of the country.
I wish him a long life with sound health and every success in future.
Master Shahjahan working for development of Sandwip
Kazi Iftekharul Alam Tarek, Reporter of Weekly Dwiper Kantha
The crown of teacher society Master Shahjahan is playing the role a public representative of Sandwipees. He has become the guardian of many politicians not only in Sandwip but all over the country. He has been involved in politics since his student life. He has passed his early life in political struggle. He has earned much fame on the drama stage by playing the role of Nawab Siraj Uddoula. I did not see his acting on the stage just heard. I have heard his name from as a household word in the locality. As early as from my boyhood I have seen him as an iconic personality.
He wears a white kashmiri shal round his neck both in summer and winter. It is his trademark style. In his early life he was a teacher. But later on by dint of talent and firm personality he switched to politics. He came of a prosperous family. His father once lived in the USA. He could move to any developed country if he wanted. But he never thought for his own happiness. Toils of general people make him think. Hence he opted to stay at his birthplace to serve them. For this reason I respect him very much. During high time of his life he gave much time for the soil and inhabitants of Sandwip. His activities earned him the title of a noble personality.
Master Shahjahan is the pioneer of the development of Sandwip. He still gets himself involved with this trend. Sandwip is an isolated island of Bangladesh but the glorious tradition of this island has surprised the country as well as the world. The noble persons contributed to the development of Sandwip Master Shahjahan one of them. He is a patron of education. He dreams of an education-based modern Sndwip. After being the chairman of Sandwip in 2009 he enhanced his supports many fold in education sector. He has a made a great development in Sandwip. He ensured political coexistence among the people of all walks. He is also leading the demand of a cross-dam.
An organization of the meritorious students of Sandwip known as “Sandwip Friend Circle Association” awarded Master Shahjahan with the life honour crest Friend Circle Award on the occasion of Victory day function in 2009. In reply, Master Shahjahan expressed his gratitude and wholehearted support to work for the new generation.
For his political farsightedness Master Shahjahan came in light of greater political arena. He has been passing his whole life under the banner of Awmi League. As an ideal political soldier of the father of the nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibu Rahman, Master Shahjahan has dedicated himself to the service of the country. I wish him a long life with sound health and every success in future.