Golam Dastagir Gazi

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Golam Dastagir Gazi
Minister of Textiles and Jute
Assumed office
January 2019
Preceded byEmaz Uddin Pramanik
Personal details
Born (1948-09-14) 14 September 1948 (age 70)
Dhaka
Political partyBangladesh Awami League
AwardsBir Protik

Golam Dastagir Gazi (born 14 August 1948) is a Bangladesh Awami League politician and the present Member of Parliament from Narayanganj-1.[1][2][3][4] He is the president of Bangladesh-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry.[5][6] He is the vice chairman of Gazi TV[7] and the Chairman of Gazi Group. He is also a recipient of Bir Protik, the fourth highest gallantry award in Bangladesh.[8] In January 2019, he was elected as the Minister of Textiles and Jute.[9]

Birth and Education[edit]

Gazi was born in 14 August 1948 in a Muslim family of Dhaka. His father's name is Golam Kibria Gazi and mother's name is Samsunnesa Begum. His formal education began at an institution in Old Dhaka. After completing SSC, he took admission in the Notre Dame College. He graduated from the University of Dhaka in 1968.[10]

Business and Political career[edit]

In 1977, he was elected as Commissioner in the first election of the Dhaka City Corporation from his electoral areas — Kakrail, Siddeswari, Malibag, Eskaton and Mogbazar. Gazi started his manufacturing industries in plastic and rubber sector in 1974. Since then he has been rendering untiring efforts for the overall development and expansion of these sectors. He pioneered in manufacturing GAZI Plastic Water Tanks. He also creating local market for GAZI Tyres and Tubes. As the chairman of Gazi group, he advises on the new projects and provides strategic direction to the top management of the Strategic Business Units and associates of the Group.[11]

Contribution in the Liberation War[edit]

In June 1971, Mukti Bahini's guerrilla units started entering Dhaka with the aim of unsettling the Pakistani junta by launching attacks on different establishments in the city using hit and run methods. The Crack Platoon was one of the guerrilla units created in Sector 2. Gazi was one of the members of the Crack Platoon. The very first guerrilla operation was carried out in Dhaka on 9 June 1971. On 18 July, the guerrillas attacked five power sub-stations with a view to disrupting the electricity supply in the city. Of the five targets, Ullan sub-station was blown up by the guerrilla teams led by Gazi. The Rampura area of Dhaka city was shaken by the cracking sound as Gazi and his co-fighters planted explosives at the of the sub-station. The transformer was destroyed and s part of the Dhaka city had power-cut. The plan was Gazi and his co-fighters would use a Fiat car for the operation. But, the car turned out of order right before the operation would begin. The freedom fighters waited for the car to be repaired. With no other car available, they came out from the hideout with the explosives in a rexine-bag. A house in Rampura owned by one Manjur was their RV. Right at that moment, they heard the sound of gunshots were coming from somewhere, causing people on the road to flee in panic. People were immediately turning off the lights and closing doors and windows of their houses. They hired three rickshaws. Gazi and Nilu rode on one rickshaw. They were secretly carrying Sten gun behind their legs. Their rickshaws started from Rampura D.I.T. road to Ullan. The streets were dark. On uneven paths, the rickshaws were moving forward. After going some distance Gazi and Nilu found the other two rickshaws are not following them. They got together after some events. Finally, they saw the light coming from Ullan power sub-station. Before their rickshaw journey, they planned the first rickshaw would stop the gate of the sub-station and the other two rickshaws would stop at a little further distance from the gate. The rickshaw-pullers couldn't get the clever tactic, neither could they recognize anyone. The first rickshaw reached the gate. A cop with a rifle and a security guard of the sub-station were patrolling at the gate. The duo became curious seeing the rickshaw. Gazi and Nilu swiftly jumped from the rickshaw and aimed Sten gun at the two guards in the blink of an eye. The cop silently dropped the rifle and surrendered. But, the security guard tried to flee only to be caught by Nilu. In the meantime, other co-fighters started their jobs according to the plan. Matin, from the second rickshaw, snipped the telephone wire. Gazi had got the positions of rest of the cops and security guards by interrogating the unarmed cop. It was known that 15 to 20 cops and security guards are having their dinners in a large hall room nearby. All of them were surrendered without any chaos. Nilu and Matin were guarding the unarmed guards. Gazi and Matin were moving towards the transformer. The transformer was cordoned by a barbed wire fence. It was a two-story-high transformer. One has to go through an operating room to the main chamber. Gazi, Matin and two more co-fighters entered into the chamber and set explosives(by an engineer worked on that substation Alhaj Uddin Ahmed help the fighters to set explosives)on the transformer.[12]

Awards[edit]

  • Bir Protik
  • Atish Dipankar medal for extraordinary social works and social contribution

Personal life[edit]

Gazi is married to Hasina Gazi. The couple have two sons. And four grand children. The elder son is called Golam Murtoza Gazi who is an accomplished mechanical engineer and a successful investment banker. Sania Binte Mahtab who is a well known academician and an award winning climate change scientist is his daughter in law. Sania and Murtoza got married in 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Linde starts construction of new plant". thedailystar.net. The Daily Star. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  2. ^ "BCL activist, attending PM's reception, dies after being hit by train at Khilkhet". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  3. ^ Golam Dastagir Gazi. "Constituency 204_10th_En". www.parliament.gov.bd (in Bengali). Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  4. ^ "Golam Dastagir Gazi, Bir Protik -গোলাম দস্তগীর গাজী". Amarmp. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  5. ^ "Closer ties with China won't impact Bangladesh relations with others: minister - Global Times". www.globaltimes.cn. Global Times. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  6. ^ "BCCCI chief: Investment to take centre stage in talks". dhakatribune.com. Dhaka Tribune. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  7. ^ "BCB sells worldwide media rights for $20.02 million". Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Larger number of taxpayers going to get tax cards". thefinancialexpress-bd.com. The Financial Express Online Version. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  9. ^ https://www.thedailystar.net/politics/new-cabinet-members-of-bangladesh-government-formed-monday-1683733
  10. ^ "তোমাদের এ ঋণ শোধ হবে না". The Daily Prothom Alo (in Bengali). 18 November 2012. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  11. ^ Ekattorer Birjodda (একাত্তরের বীরযোদ্ধা), খেতাব পাওয়া মুক্তিযোদ্ধাদের বীরত্বগাথা (দ্বিতীয় খন্ড) (March 2013). Golam Dastagir Gazi. Dhaka: Prothoma Prakashon. p. 227. ISBN 9789849025375.
  12. ^ Gallantry Award holders, Liberation war of Bangladesh, 1971 (2nd ed.). Dhaka: Yukta. p. 96. ISBN 978-984-8828-07-6.