Biography of a patriotic and brave politician and journalist

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Biography of a patriotic and brave politician and journalist

Swapan Kumar Singh :
Rasendra Datta Chowdhury is an honest and brave politician, journalist and cultural activist in Moulvibazar district of Sylhet division.
He was born in a zamindar family at village Nowagoan in Srimangal thana of the then Moulvibazar subdivision ( now district) on 12 April 1940.
His father Jatindra Mohon Datta Chowdhury was a landlord and his mother Bindubasini Datta Chowdhury.
His ( Jatindra Mohan Datta Chowdhury) ancestral home was at Dattarail village in Dhakadakin of Sylhet district.
Rasendra Datta Chowdhury completed his matriculation from Srimangal Victoria high school, HSC and Bachelor of Commerce from Moulvibazar College. Later He also completed BED and joined as a teacher in the Bhairavbazar High School from the starting of the school.
He was also fond of cultural activities from his childhood.
During the Pak era he did some dramas and cultural functions.
He started his politics in the language movement of 1952 and was a distinguished leader of Student’s Union.
Later He joined in National Awami Party ( NAP) formed by great national leader Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bashani in 1957 and kept a great contribution in organizing NAP which was known to all for a non communal and left political platform in various areas of Moulvibazar.
He was known as one of the pioneers for organizing left politics in the then Moulvibazar subdivision.
In 1962, He actively took part in the student’s movement against Gen. Ayub Khan.
In 1963, He was one of the leaders in the Balishira Hill Movement at Srimangal thana for establishing rights of the locals.
He was the convener of the election committee of Fathema Zinnah and tortured by the goons of the ruling Muslim League.
He had a huge contribution in the movements of 6 point demand and 11 point demand including mass uprising of 1969.
NAP became thelargest opposition party by the leadership of Rasendra Datta and Mohammad Shajahan Miah in the locality.
On 6 April 1970, He was arrested by Pakistan police as prime accused in the joybangla case ( Allegation of Pakistan’s separation) under 60 MLR clause -8(a) of Martial law act.
Another disparate leader Mohammad Shajahan Miah of NAP, M.A Rahim ( Former Srimangal Municipality Chairman), founder president of the then local chattra League and another chattra League leader S.A Mujib were also arrested by the police in the same case.
All of the arrested leaders were sent to Moulvibazar jail on charge of breaking Pakistan that was known to all as Joybangla case.
On hearing of this news thousands of workers and supporters of both NAP and Awami League started a mass movement involving general people against the incident of arrests. Later Pakistani government became compelled to release those popular leaders.
He also acted as an organizer in the liberation war of 1971.
During the liberation war of 1971, He was the joint secretary of the Haflong Camp Coordination Committee in Tripura state of India.
His job was to co-operate with the Indian government, run the camp and motivate the refugees and send them to the war.
This case knows to all including NAP chief Professor Mozaffar Ahmed, Matia Chowdhury of the then NAP and local leaders and workers of all political parties.
In order to enlist the names of guerrilla freedom fighters comprising NAP, CPB and student unions, the learned high court directed to enlist all the names of 2367 people and provide all facilities of the state.
It’s unpleasant but true that his name has not yet been listed by the scrutiny committee due to parochial politics of the present social system.
In 1972, He joined in the movement of the tea labourers against torture of the then ruling Awami League.
He came under attacks by the hooligans of all successive governments for making movement against misrules in ’73, 79, and ’89.
In 1975, He was made as secretary of thana committee of BAKSAL which was formed by the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
After the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975, He was arrested by the Khandaker Mustak government and sent him to jail for political reasons. After two years He was freed by an order of the learned high court following a writ petition filed by the NAP chief Prof. Mozaffar Ahmed.
He along with brave leader Mohammad Shajahan Miah led a movement against octoy and the government following the movement a case made it null and avoid in the whole country during the regime of president Ziaur Rahman.
Local business man Haji Sanjab Ali filed this case for the public interest and noted lawyer Shanti Pada Ghosh conducted it in the court.
In 1980, He visited the then Soviet Russia for 45 days on the leaders tour program.
In 1983, He was elected chairman of local union Parishad defeating the heavy weight candidate of Awami League.
He was also brave journalist who started his journalistic career in the daily Sangbad in 1962 and served more than four decades. Besides, He wrote various types of news and features in various newspapers during this times.
He was involved in the politics more than six decades from the language movement of 1952.
He was imprisoned three times in his life due to political grounds.
He is called as symbol of honest, brave, selfless and idealistic left politics and journalism in the region.

He lost his beloved wife Indira Datta Chowdhury on 21 November 2020.

He being shocked felldown and had mild brain stroke at dead of night of 31 December 2020.
He was under going treatment at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital for a week.

He has three sons and one daughter. His eldest son who obtained a six month long specialization on journalism from Michigan State University – USA was also an honest and brave journalist.

This octogenarian non communal left politician and brave journalist is presently living in sick conditions at his residence of Srimangal town in Moulvibazar district.