A born dreamer as well as a natural orator, Obaidul Quader owns a long and rich political career. He is renowned as a sophisticated, generous, prudent and dedicated political leader.On December 29, 2008, he was elected as a Member of Parliament from Noakhali-5 constituency for the second time and was later appointed President of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Information.
Obaidul Quader was born on January 01, 1952 in Bara Rajapur, a village under Kampaniganj Police Station in the district of Noakhali. His father Mosharrof Hussain was educated at Calcutta Islamia College and happened to be a classmate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. With an intention to serve the people, his father quit the civil service and started teaching at a secondary school. His mother Fazilatunessa was from an elite Muslim family.
Always a commendable student, Obaidul Quader matriculated with a first division from Basurhat Govt. A.H.C. High School. After that, he was sent to Noakhali College from where he completed his HSC with a place in the merit list. He then graduated from the University of Dhaka with a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Political Science. His wife Isratunnesa is a lawyer.
Since his college days, he has always been dynamically involved in politics. He played an active role during the Six-Point Movement in 1966, the Mass Upsurge and the Eleven-Point Movement by students in 1969. In 1971, he joined the great Liberation War of Bangladesh as the commander of Companigonj Thana Mujib Forces (BLF). He was imprisoned at several stages of his action-packed political life. After 1975, he was imprisoned for an uninterrupted two and a half years. While in prison, he was elected President of the central committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League (the student wing of Bangladesh Awami League), and he remained so for two consecutive terms.
The newly initiated Right to Information Ordinance will provide the right impetus to our public officials to abandon the colonial mindset of secrecy and apathy towards public woes. I fervently hope that our public officers in this vital sector of communications will rise to the occasion to serve the peoples’ need as best they can through the efficient and judicious use of the new website and usher us into a new era of excellence in public service.
Obaidul Quader was a member of the executive committee formed to celebrate the Bengali year 1400. He was also the member-secretary of the committee for celebrating the silver jubilee of the Liberation War and Independence, and the secretary of Cultural Affairs and Education of the central Executive Committee of Bangladesh Awami League.
Quader has also been an active journalist and writer. He worked as the assistant editor of the newspaper the Daily Banglar Bani for a long time. So far, he has authored nine books: Bangladesh: A Revolution Betrayed (published in 1976 by Monisha Publishers, Kolkata), Bangladesher Hridoy Hote, Pakistaner Karagare Bangabandhu, Ei Bijoyer Mukut Kothai, Teen Somudrer Deshe, Meghe Meghe Onek Bela, Rochona Somogro, Karagare Lekha Onusmriti: Je Kotha Bola Hoyni and Nirbachito Column. His works have been acclaimed by eminent critics of Bangladesh and abroad.
Obaidul Quader was elected as a Member of Parliament from the constituency Noakhali-5 in the parliamentary elections of June 12, 1996. He took oath as a Member of Parliament on the 23rd June and, on the same day, he was appointed the State Minister of Youth, Sports and Cultural Affairs. He carried out his responsibilities with utmost honesty and sincerity till July 15, 2001. From the Three-year Council of 2002 to the Council session held in 2009, he executed his responsibility as the first Senior Joint General Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League. While serving Bangladesh Awami League as the Joint General Secretary during the tenure of post 1/11 Caretaker Government, he was arrested on March 09, 2007 and remained in prison for 17 months and 26 days before he was finally released on bail on September 05, 2008.
Obaidul Quader was seriously wounded by the grisly grenade attack on August 21, 2004.He was admitted into the Apollo Hospital in Delhi where doctors removed about 80 splinters from his body. While he was in prison in the aftermath of 1/11, he was almost paralyzed on the right side due to the remaining splinters in his body. After he was released, 14 more splinters were removed from his body at the Apollo Hospital. Though he is in good health now, there are still 18 splinters left in his body.
For official and personal reasons, Obaidul Quader has travelled India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, The United States, England, South Africa, China, Germany, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Italy,SaudiArabia,Abudhabi and some other countries of Europe.
As a political leader, he has never wavered in his devotion to the party and the nation.
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