R.K Chowdhury career achievements over the years
•Freedom Fighter and Political Advisor of Sector 2 and 3 in the Great Liberation War
→ A prominent organizer of the liberation war
→ One of the 4 commanders of Narsingdi
→ Led one of the 4 camps in Narsingdi, situated in Alokbali with 350 freedom fighters
•Language Activist during the Language Movement
•Treasurer of Awami League
→ In the Awami League led by President Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
→ In the Awami League (Mizan) in 1978
•Vice-President of Dhaka Metropolitan Awami League after the liberation war
•Chief Advisor of Dhaka Metropolitan Awami League from the early 1990s till the late 2000s
•Former Chairman of RAJUK (then DIT)
•Former Chairman of Dhaka City Corporation Planning Development Committee
→ The Nagarbhaban opened during his term
•Elected Commissioner of Dhaka City Corporation from Jatrabari and Dhanmondi in the 80s
→ Proposed to be the Mayor of Dhaka before Abul Hasnat
•President of Bangladesh Human Rights Commission
•Former Member of Awami League Advisory Council
•Current President Bangladesh Match Manufacturers Association
•Current Advisor of Sector Commanders Forum
•Chief Election Agent along with Dr. Kamal Hossain for Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the 1970 general election
→ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman started the 1970 General Elections campaign infront of R.K Chowdhury's House, with the public meeting being held at Jatrabari Moré
→ He was the one who advised Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to contest in the election from Tejgaon later where he won
•Second highest ranking election agent for Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the 1973 general election
•Former Vice President Bangladesh India Friendship Society
•Behind the development of Central East Dhaka
•Behind the development of Jatrabari
→ Regarded as the architect behind Modern Jatrabari
•Behind the development of Narsingdi and his village Alokbali
→ During The Liberation War kept the Pakistani Army and Razakars away from Alokbali. Opened various education institutions, hospitals and the Narsingdi DC office opened during his term.
•Former Chairman of Bangabandhu Parishad
•General Secretary of Quaid E Azam College in the 60s,
→ Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman came or called for him and the VP of Jagnath Hall regarding any issues
•Former Member of Dhaka District Council
•One of The Board of Directors of the first board of The City Bank
•Made President of Northern Jatrabari Union by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1963
→ Became chairman of the Jatrabari Union council consisting of 17 ward commissioners and union chairmen
•Former Chairman Alakbali Union
•Former Chairman Narsingdi Thana Council
• Career in football
→ President of Victoria SC
→ Vice President of Brothers Union
• Member Kurmitola Golf Club
•Lifetime Member Dhaka Club
→ Served as a director
•Member Gulshan Club
R.K Chowdhury in The Great Liberation War
Political Adviser of Sector 2 and 3 in the Great Liberation War
After the crackdown on March 25th, 1971. I reached my village Alokbali in Narsingdi on March 26th on foot, by a rickshaw and a boat which was really difficult. We had already taken preparations for the liberation war, under the direct orders of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Upon reaching Narsingdi, I contacted Major Nuruzzaman stationed at Brahmanbaria. On 2nd April, according to the plan of Captain Matiur, I was divided into several groups and left for Dhaka. When we reached Panchdona in Narsingdi that afternoon, the Pakistani army attacked us from three directions by sea, rail and land. The enemy forces were equipped with modern weapons. We were stunned by their surprise attack but continued to fight with honour. Despite being outnumbered and having the odds against us, we won. From their side around 8 to 10 Pakistani soldiers were killed, two of their vehicles were blown up. However some of us suffered casualties.
In April 1971, I went to Agartala. It was there that Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury, Sheikh Jamal, Abdus Samad Azad, Gazi Golam Mostafa, Colonel Osmani, Major Zia, Major Shafiullah, Major Khaled Mosharraf, Major Haider, Major Nuruzzaman, and other Awami League leaders were contacted. I was given the responsibility of political advisor of sector 2 and 3. On April 25, I met Khaled Mosharraf and Homna MP Professor Mozaffar Ali along with the Prime Minister of the provincial government Tajuddin Ahmed. I was given instructions from Tajuddin Ahmed and following those I returned to Agartala from Calcutta. On May 11th, Khaled Mosharraf and I went to Surajmaninagar in a jeep. There we spoke to the refugees and freedom fighters from Bangladesh. A hospital was established at Surajmaninagar for the treatment of war wounded freedom fighters. Khaled Mosharraf had a huge contribution behind the establishment of this hospital. I met my childhood friend Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury who was in charge of the hospital, On May 26, I had the opportunity to meet the then Chief Minister of Tripura Sachindra Lal Singh and spoke to him about the various needs and demands of the freedom fighters.
On June 1st, I entered the country through the Madhabpur border in Habiganj along with Homna MP Professor Mozaffar Ali and a Chhatra League leader Ali. At 2:30 pm, Captain Ainuddin (later promoted to Major General) assisted us in crossing the border. After walking all day, I spent the night at the house of a relative of Professor Mozaffar Ali. The next morning, I went to look for Banchirampur MP Mohiuddin and found him in Domrakandi. Then I met Raipura MP Aftab Uddin in Niliksha. I met Shibpur-Manohardi MP Fazlur Rahman. I gave them instructions of the Prime Minister to all of the MPs I found and they all agreed to go to Agartala. Thus till June 21st, I conducted various discussions with the Sector Commanders, MPs, freedom fighters, Awami League leaders and activists, and the Bengalis wishing for the freedom of their country. On June 22nd, I went to my village Alokbali in Narsingdi. The work of organizing the freedom fighters continued. On the afternoon of June 29th, I spotted a boat in the Meghna River. I stopped the boat and saw it was Narsingdi MP Moslehuddin and his family, he saw me and said, "I was coming to your house!". I took them to my house and they stayed there. Getting him helped me a lot in my work.
Alokbali was one of the safest places in Bangladesh at this time. The freedom fighters had 4 camps, one of them was mine. The camp was situated in my college, Abdul Mannan Chowdhury College. On the 30th of July, I prepared to leave for Dhaka. It took me 4 days to reach Dhaka. At Dhaka, I contacted various groups of Freedom Fighters and gave them the message from their Sector Commanders. On 15th August, I got a letter from Major Abu Taher Haider. It read "Let's do something in Dhaka on Republic Day of India." For this a freedom fighter named Baki was given the responsibility. Despite many attempts, I wasn't able to communicate with Baki despite my efforts. Later I found his body on the slope of Rampura Bridge, he was accompanied by two other dead comrades. I did not know then how the Pakistani army got to them. Later I learnt that while trying to blow up the Rampura Bridge, he and his comrades were captured by the Pakistani army and killed. On the 17th of August, I arrived in Narsingdi, which was more dangerous than it ever was. The brutality of the Pakistani army and razakars had increased. On the 1st of September, I reached Alokbali. I had given instructions to the freedom fighters here. Alokbali was still that safe. Many people were taking shelter at my house, where we had to cook around 20-25 kg of rice and other food for the people living at my house, every day. 355 Freedom fighters who got training at the camps in India were working at Alokbali. From Alokbali one could safely reach Agartala, India. The Pakistani Army didn't dare to enter Alokbali as the freedom fighters were guarding it at all times.
The freedom fighters had 4 camps, one at Shibpur which was run by Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, one was at Bancharampur run by it's MP, another one at Homna was run by MP Mozzafar Ali and finally the one at Alokbali at the Abdul Mannan Chowdhury College was run by me. Us 4 had a link among us, we had a clear path to Agartala. We had devised a strategy "ধানখেত, পাটখেত, নদী, পাহাড়" (rice field, jute field, river and hill), the Pakistani army with their ships weren't able to defeat us. We were easily able to enter and leave Bangladesh from Agartala, and bring resources with us.
Meanwhile, I also helped my family reach India. I set off again on the morning of September 11 for Agartala, avoiding the Pakistani army and razakars and I even had to wear a disguise. I described the situation in the country to Major Nuruzzaman on September 25, and Gazi Golam Mostafa on September 26. Then I stayed in India till December 10 to visit training camps and refugee camps of the freedom fighters at various places including Agartala and Kolkata and carried out other organizational work. I arrived in Bangladesh on 14th December in a helicopter with Major Haider in Comilla. Later I came to Dhaka from Narsingdi on the afternoon of 15th December. Victory was celebrated on the same day in Jatrabari. The crowd, carrying Major Haider and me on their heads, rejoiced at the crossroads of Jatrabari. The next day, that is, on the afternoon of 16th December, we brought some table chairs from Dhaka Club and set them up at the Ramna Race Course Garden to perform the surrender.
It is a matter of pride for me to witness the surrender of Pakistani army and to witness history.
R.K Chowdhury in the Language Movement
During the language movement of 1952, I was in class 6 of KL Jubilee School at Dhaka. Our class teacher was whom we called Kamruzzaman Sir. He later became a Member of Parliament with nominations from the United Front. He also became the principal of KL Jubilee School and later the principal of KL Jubilee School College. He was also the president of the Teachers Association of the country. He was the one who inspired us about the language movement. I was the class captain, and due to that I was really close to him. We came to Dhaka University and joined several processions which were led by him. On the 21st of February, 1952, we joined the public rally of the language movement, where I got injured and the pant and shirt I was wearing tore. Same day, where the Shahid Minar now stands, there was this wall and while I was trying to climb over the wall, my hands and feet got slightly injured.