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Ahmed Hossain (1896 - 1961), Minister for Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries department in Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy’s Cabinet 1946/47, Chairman of Rangpur District Board (Undivided Bengal), Minister for Agriculture in East Pakistan in Abu Hossain Sarkar‘s cabinet 1955/56. Represented his Shagata and Fulchari constituency, of Gaibandha District as MLA and MP from 1937 to 1958.
Family and Education
Born in Jalaltair village, Mahimaganj, Rangpur district on March 7, 1896. Hossain passed his Matriculation examination from Sonatola High School and obtained a Law Degree from the Aligarh Muslim University.
Hossain joined the All India Congress Party and was fully committed to Mahatma Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement (1920), canvassing support for the Congress Agenda all over north Bengal, particularly in the Rangpur district.
He ran in the Indian General Election of 1946 as a Muslim League candidate and became a member of the Bengal Legislative Assembly. He was given the ministerial post for the Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries department under the Chief Minister-ship of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy.
In 1947 Bengal was partitioned in the partition of Bengal (1947) along religious lines. The Muslim majority East Bengal joined with Pakistan.
During the 1952 Language movement Hossain resigned from the Muslim League and joined the newly formed United Front Party led by Fazlul Huq, Maulana Bhashani and Hueyn Shaheed Suhrawardy. In 1954, Hossain was elected to the East Pakistan national assembly as a United Front Member. In 1956 he joined the cabinet of Abu Hossain Sarkar as Agriculture minister.
Ahmed Hossain was a philanthropist and interested in promoting Muslim education in Rangpur. He established an Alia Madrasa at Mahimaganj in 1939, which was particularly significant as at the time there were only three other Alia madras in the whole of undivided Bengal. A newly built student hall, the “Ahmed Hossain Student Hall” has been dedicated in his honour.
Hossain was also responsible for building a high school and a Mosque in Mahimaganj in 1939 and 1945 respectively.
In 1950 Ahmed Hossain introduced Laws against catching fish eggs, small and spawning fish to provide for the conservation and development of propagation of fish stock.
Ahmed Hossain continued to represent his constituency as an MP until Ayub Khan declared Martial Law in Pakistan in 1958.
Ahmed Hossain died at the age of 65 on Friday 19 May 1961.
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