Imran Ahmed Chowdhury
Imran Ahmed Chowdhury
Imran Ahmed Chowdhury
ইমরান আহমেদ চৌধুরী
|Born||25 May 1961|
|Alma mater||Bangladesh Military Academy
University of Chittagong, BangladeshUniversity of Northampton
|Occupation||Restaurateur, Community Leader/Personality, Public speaker, Writer, Historian and Public Service Champion.|
|Awards||The Freedom of The City of London (2013)|
Imran Ahmed Chowdhury (Imran Chowdhury) : (বাংলায় : ইমরান আহমেদ চৌধুরী ) Is a prominent Bangladeshi-born British restaurateur, community Leader/Personality, Public Speaker, writer, Historian and Public Service Champion.
Born in erstwhile East Pakistan, son of a Bangladesh Liberation War veteran father Assistant Director (Equivalent to Major in the Army) Late Fazlul Haque Chowdhury – Ex E.P.R later on BDR presently known as BGB & Mrs Rezia Ahmed Chowdhury B.A. ; a communist party activist, nurse (during the sectarian riots in Kolkata in 1946 – 47) Custom Inspector and A Teacher. Due to the nature of both the parents government services the family travelled all around the country. Lived in total 24 different towns and cities of East Pakistan present day Bangladesh. Went to 14 different primary and secondary schools to pass the Secondary School Certificate (Equivalent to O level – GCSE Level).
On 17 April 1971 the family had to evacuate from their home in B.Baria and fled to the country side to seek shelter as the Pakistani Army advancing force were enveloping the town from two axises. The family along with his mother, sister and 3 brothers they finally ended up to the borders of Indian State of Tripura and seek refuge there. The life as a destitute starts on 29 April 1971, and the whole family were sheltered by the Indian Authority in a Refugee camp called Surzomoni Nagar Special Camp near the city of Agartala. The plight of life of starvation, ghettoisation, lack of medical care and living in a 12' x 12' room without any window and no running water or electrify. The family endured the hardship of this life destitution till the Independence Day 16 December 1971. Father and elder brother both joined the war as Freedom Fighter and as an 11 year old he had to look after the whole family affairs, collection rations, cutting fire wood from the jungles, carrying them to the kitchen and doing all the other kinds of voluntary, charity and philanthropic activities. Which made him a very opinionated strong Adolescent young man at a very early age. His elder brother was captured by Pakistan Army and was brutally killed by them on 21 November 1971. Which left a huge void in his life and which made him preserve and write about the History of Bangladesh Liberation of 1971 on its psychological impact, fear of death and the long lasting stigma of the atrocity and the genocide of annihilation of the Bengali race. His elder brother Shaheed Babul Chowdhury was a Freedom Fighter in 1971 at the age of 17 was captured as POW by The Pakistan Army; Tortured and Killed on 21 November 1971 in Brahmin Baria, Bangladesh. He also worked as Shebok (Nursing and General helper - Volunteer ) as an 11 years old in 1971 in the JOY BANGLA ward to provide help and services to the wounded Freedom Fighters of Bangladesh Liberation war in 1971. Distributed free Newspaper to the Bangladeshi refugees camps and Freedom Fighters in and around Agartala, Tripura. He also was a member of a cultural team and a scout troop organised in their refugee camp; Performed cultural programmes in various Freedom Fighters training camps during the war; Namely, Melaghor inTripura - Melaghar camp, Sector - 2 HQ. Melaghar Camp.
Joined Bangladesh Military Academy as a Gentleman Cadet (GC) with 8th BMA Long Course. After 104 weeks of rigorous training was commissioned (regular commission) in the Bangladesh Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in an Infantry regiment. Graduated from the University of Chittagong in History, Political science. Attended few courses of instruction. Completed Junior Officers' Administration Course – 10 and was adjudged as the Best Student by topping the merit list. As a Lieutenant was posted as an instructor in The Bangladesh Army's School of Education and Administration.
After leaving the army moved to the United Kingdom and naturalised as a British citizen. Opened his first restaurant in the year of 2004 www.lespicemerchant.co.uk Meanwhile, he carried out his passion of writing, freelance journalistic works and engaged himself in diversified field of Charitable and philanthropic activities.
Social and Public services Activities
An avid gardener and was adjudged as the Best Gardner in the Town of Ware in Bloom. Chowdhury is a passionate community worker who proactively works in enhancing the inter community cohesion and inter faith bridge building. Writing and Public speaker who travels all around the country to promote the history, culture, heritage of the Bengali – Bangladeshi diaspora in the U.K. He also deliver speech to the students of various schools to encourage and entice BME students to join CCF (Combined Cadet Force) and subsequently join the British Army, Navy or Airforce. He is engaged with Northampton Bangladeshi Association, Bangladesh Caterers Association, Member of Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce. A TV talk show panellist in the Ethnic TV channels in the UK
Awards and recognition
In 2013 for all his charity fundraising and philanthropic works The City of London conferred upon Chowdhury with The Freedom of The City of London one of the oldest of awards in the world introduced in the 12th Century and is still running.
Lives in Northampton
- "CURRY BUSINESS; WHY I AM A PROUD OWNER OF A CURRY HOUSE | Weekly Bangla Mirror". www.banglamirrornews.com. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "Cllr Imran Chowhdury". www.upton-pc.gov.uk. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
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- "Genocide in Bangladesh by Pakistan; 25th March 1971". The Mandate. 25 March 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "BANGLADESH LIBERATION WAR – VICTORY DAY; MY BITTER SWEET REMINISCENCE | Weekly Bangla Mirror". www.banglamirrornews.com. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "List of sectors in the Bangladesh Liberation War". Wikipedia. 3 April 2017.
- Archives, The National. "Calcutta riots – The National Archives". The National Archives. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "A plea for humanity - Asian Affairs". Asian Affairs. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
- প্রবাসে মুক্তিযুদ্ধের ফেরিওয়ালা. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Retrieved 9 May 2018.
- "Bangladesh Military Academy". Wikipedia. 3 April 2017.
- "Indian Restaurant & Takeaway Wellingborough". lespicemerchant.co.uk. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Restaurant Review: Le Spice Merchant, Ware". Hertfordshire. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Justice must be seen to be done – Asian Affairs". Asian Affairs. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Swinging Indian night raises Help for Heroes cash in Ware". Lancashire Life. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
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- "CHARITABLE WORKS OF IMRAN CHOWDHURY OF NORTHAMPTON". imranchowdhuryuk.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "Hertford and Ware in Bloom winners announced". Hertfordshire Mercury. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "A rosy outlook". Hertfordshire Mercury. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "Ware's blooms win big". Hertfordshire Mercury. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- "BENGALI COMMUNITY IN BILATH (BRITAIN) | Weekly Bangla Mirror". www.banglamirrornews.com. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
- Imran A. Chowdhury (27 February 2016), Speaking in Cardiff – Wales to mark the international language day 2016, retrieved 17 May 2017
- Imran A. Chowdhury (3 May 2017), Speech Made on Independence Day of Bangladesh, retrieved 17 May 2017
- Imran A. Chowdhury (26 March 2017), Combined Cadet Force Badge Giving Ceremony, retrieved 17 May 2017
- NTV Europe (7 April 2017), Talking Point with Imran A Chowdhury S3 070417, retrieved 17 May 2017
- "City of London". Wikipedia. 5 May 2017.
- "City of London – Freedom of the City". democracy.cityoflondon.gov.uk. Retrieved 17 May 2017.