Habibullah Bahar Chowdhury

Habibullah Bahar Chowdhury (Bengali: হবীবুল্লাহ বাহার চৌধুরী; 1906 – 15 April 1966) was a politician, journalist, sportsman and writer from East Bengal, who served in the political spheres of India and Pakistan.[1]

Habibullah Bahar Chowdhury
হবীবুল্লাহ বাহার চৌধুরী
Died15 April 1966(1966-04-15) (aged 59–60)
OccupationPolitician, writer
Spouse(s)Anwara Bahar Chowdhury
ChildrenIqbal Bahar Chowdhury
Selina Bahar Zaman, Tajin Chowdhury, Nasrin Sams
RelativesShamsunnahar Mahmud (sister)
Khan Bahadur Abdul Aziz (grandfather)

Early life and educationEdit

Chowdhury was born at Guthuma village in Feni district in 1906. His father, Mohammad Nurullah, was a munsiff.[2] He passed Matriculation in 1922 from Chittagong Municipal School and ISc from Chittagong College in 1924. He then graduated from Calcutta Islamia College in 1928.[citation needed]


In 1933, Chowdhury took up journalism and along with his sister, Shamsunnahar Mahmud, published the literary journal "Bulbul".[3] Chowdhury actively joined politics as an activist of the Bengal Provincial Muslim League, and was elected a member of its executive committee in 1937. In 1944, he was elected publicity secretary of the League. He was elected a member of the Bengal Legislative Assembly from the Parshuram constituency of Feni district.[1] He was the health minister of the first Muslim League cabinet in East Pakistan.[1]


After suffering a stroke, he resigned from the cabinet position in 1953. Chowdhury started writing books prior to 1947 partition. His works include "Pakistan", "Mohammad Ali Jinnah", "Omar Faruq", and "Ameer Ali".[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Chowdhury was married to Anwara Bahar Chowdhury (1919–1987). Anwara was a social activist and writer. She established Habibullah Bahar College in 1969 after Chowdhury's name.[4] Together they had 4 daughters – Selina Bahar Zaman, Shaheen Westcombe, Nasreen Shams and Tazeen Chowdhury and one son - Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury.[5] Chowdhury's grandfather, Khan Bahadur Abdul Aziz, an educationist, had a close relationship with poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Rafiqul Akbar. "Chowdhury, Habibullah Bahar". Banglapedia. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  2. ^ AKM Saifuzzaman. "Mahmud, Shamsunnahar". Banglapedia. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  3. ^ ""Nirbachito Bulbul" Inaugurated in Kolkata". Voice of America. 26 November 2005. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Remembrance : Anwara Bahar Choudhury : Educationist, Writer and Cultural Activist". The Daily Star. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  5. ^ "The art of recitation: Then and now". The Daily Star. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury's recitation evening today". The Daily Star. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2016.