On this day on November 26, 1971, Yusuf Ali Chowdhury alias Mohan Mia breathed his last. He lost his father, Khan Shaheb Maijuddin Chowdhury, when he was 18 years old and a student of class-X. His elder brother, Moazzam Hossain Chowdhury alias Iall Mia, was deeply involved in the politics of All-India Congress as a front-ranking leader. As a result, the onerous responsibility of running their zamindari rested on his shoulders.
Mohan Mia was a charismatic personality. His approach towards education was pragmatic - it was to make society economically self-reliant. He established Baitul Aman, an Agricultural Industrial Education Project, in Faridpur town in 1945.
Mohan Mia name as chairman of Faridpur District Board for long 15 years (1938 to 1953). He took active part in the construction of roads, digging of ponds, setting up Madrasa and charitable dispensaries.
Mohan Mia played a leading role in the framing of 1956 constitution of Pakistan but he was the only MNA in the constituent assembly who was not a signatory to it since he firmly believed that the constitution did not properly and equitably reflect the rights, hopes and aspiration of the people of the then East Pakistan.
It is incredulous to imagine that Mohan Mia, whom I used to call Mejochacha, is no more today. Widely known as the 'King Maker, he was indeed a great soul. He always placed national interest at the forefront.
Mohan Mia published the Daily Millat from Dhaka which played a leading role in Muslim renaissance.
We hope that Mohan Mia Memorial Committee will focus on his qualities of leadership which is so essential in the present-day context.
The present government has advised the banking sector to put more emphasis on financing agro economy projects like poultry, dairy firm fisheries and other small and small-sized income generating projects for generating activities and creating employment opportunities in the semi urban and the vast ruler areas. It is incredulous that Mohan Mia with his visionary outlook conceived and implemented this idea fifty years ago.
Born in rich and aristocratic family, the well-being of the poor always occupied a major part of his thoughts. The details of his long chequered political career need to be compiled for the prosperity. The goal of his life was to serve humanity at large which he cherished until he breathed his last. We have many things to learn from the life of this great man.
The writer is a retired banker.
The write-up has been shortened.