by Fazlur R Chowdhury

Copyright © 2018

Publisher: South Asia Journal, Parlin, NJ 08859, USA

Book Details:

Page: 299

First Edition: 2018

Language: English

ISBN-13: 978-0-9995649-1-2

Product Dimension: 7 x 1 x 10 inches

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About The Author

Fazlur R Chowdhury

Fazlur Rahman Chowdhury was born in January, 1945 in the home of his Nana (maternal grand-father) Khan Bahadur Mohammed Mahmud, Sitara-e-Pakistan at Bhadeswar, Sylhet. Fazlu’s father Haji Abdul Latif Chowdhury, Tamgha-e-Khidmat was an Inspector of Police and later a Member of the Comilla District Council. Fazlur passed SSC from Comilla Zilla School in 1959 and HSC from Faujdarhat Cadet College in 1961.

Fazlur was one of the few young men with which Juldia Marine Academy started functioning in 1962. In 1963, he joined the Pan-Islamic S.S. Co. Ltd. as a Deck Cadet. He passed Second Mate’s and Chief Mate’s examinations from Karachi, Pakistan. He was Chief Officer of the passenger-pilgrim ship “Safina-e-Arab” when the liberation struggle started. He eventually left the ship in September, 1970.

Immediately after liberation of Bangladesh, Fazlur volunteered his services to the Chittagong Port Authority and engaged himself in emergency work to clear the channel for ships to navigate. Initially he was working with Captain K. Mehbub (a Pakistani gentleman who offered great services to Bangladesh) for removing the partially sunk vessels from the channel and later he worked as a co-ordinator with Russian Salvage Team. He was the first person to reach Norwegian tanker “Sarita” far away from the anchorage with a group of coastal tankers to off-load the oil cargo for Bangladesh. After rendering very valuable service to CPA for more than a year during which period he also trained new marine pilots for safe operation of the port, Fazlur left CPA to join newly created BSC.

Fazlur obtained Class-1 Master Mariner from UK in 1976 and M.Sc. from World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden in 1988. Apart from commanding the only passenger-pilgrim ship he also took delivery of the first newly built ship for BSC from Japan. He was Commandant of the Marine Academy for a short period in 1977. He later joined as the Chief Nautical Surveyor of the Department of Transport and for a short period was the Director-General of Shipping, Government of Bangladesh as well. He was also a Commander in Bangladesh Naval Reserve and saw some active service in the Navy including command of an auxiliary vessel.

In 1991, he joined the Marine Division of the Department of Transport, UK (later becoming Maritime & Coastguard Agency) as a Surveyor and Examiner. He worked with UK-MCA until the end of 1999 when he left as its Deputy Chief Examiner to join as Maritime Administrator in Gibraltar. After working in Gibraltar for four years he joined the Bahamas Maritime Authority as its Deputy Director. After another four years he joined the Kingdom of Bahrain as Maritime Advisor. His last assignment before retirement was a short period as Maritime Advisor on a World Bank Project in Tonga.

Capt. Chowdhury was the first Bangladeshi to have lectured WMU students as a Visiting Professor. He also accomplished a number of IMO missions to developing countries as an IMO Consultant.

Ever since his retirement, he has been writing in various papers and journals on wide ranging topics that include economic, social and political situations in Bangladesh with a dream to see Bangladesh become a truly democratic country where people can live peacefully with respect and dignity.

The author may be contacted - fazlu.chowdhury@btinternet.com

BANGLADESH: my dream

A few days back I was talking to a friend of mine in Dhaka over phone. As soon as I asked him about the students’ protest against road accidents the line went off. I thought it got disconnected and redialled when my friend told me not to talk anything political. I got the message. Two days later I was talking to another friend of mine just returned from Bangladesh. According to him in any social gathering in Dhaka or Chittagong it was OK to discuss everything except politics. If you happen to say anything political, others quickly turn their heads away as if they did not hear anything. They also hesitate to go out on the street because you could be killed by one of those speeding bus or truck. If you are picked up by any law enforcement agency then there is little chance that you would return safe. You could be killed by so-called gun fight or cross fire. In some cases you may not be traced anymore because all of those agencies would express their ignorance. The present government has successfully silenced the press. The radio and TV stations are too busy talking about the achievements of the government and have no time for anything else. All glories belong to one party – and more precisely one family.

Under these situations the burden has fallen on us to keep alive the struggle to liberate the country. If we (those who live abroad) do not write about the true history, chances are there that newer generations will never know the truth. We shall not betray or disappoint our countrymen. We shall continue our efforts till our dreams are fulfilled. This book titled “BANGLADESH: my dream” is a step in the right direction. The dream is: to achieve true liberty where we do not have to remain in fear all the time - where people will not die in gun-fight or cross-fire, nor will anyone be made to disappear without any trace - where criticism of the government would not mean act of treason or sedition. There shall be democracy and rule of law. There shall be equality and justice. Bangladesh shall be a country that we will feel proud of. That is the dream. Butterfly in the cover is source of joy and happiness and we look forward to that joy and happiness.

In my articles/ publications I tried to point out the wrong practice and procedures followed in Bangladesh, and with each one I have given the solution as to how they should be modernised in the true spirit of democracy to establish rule of law. I have also taken the opportunity to include certain other matters that the readers may find informative and interesting. They include –

  1. Basic Economics and Business terms;
  2. Treaties and Protocols – adoption, acceptance, accession etc.
  3. Brief analysis of latest UN Convention on Carriage of Goods;
  4. UNCLOS-82: Can it be further improved?

I would be glad to receive any feed-back. <fazlu.chowdhury@btinternet.com>.

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Features

BANGLADESH: SOME PREDICTIONS ARE BECOMING REALITY

DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF DEMOCRACY

HONESTY AND SINCERITY IN POLITICAL LIFE

HAVEN FOR CRIMINALS?

SHOOT, KILL AND TERRORISE

LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

FREEDOM OF PRESS AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY

LOVE FOR POWER & AXIS OF EVILS

A MILLION IS TEN TIMES MORE THAN A LAC/ LAKH

Overview

Bangladesh is the third largest country in South Asia and, more importantly, has a vibrant economy. However, the country also has its fair share of challenges and currently, is at an important juncture.

It has been 47 years since Bangladesh, former Eastern wing of Pakistan, won its independence. Emergence of Bangladesh on 26 March 1971 came through a violent civil war. The war was in response to years of neglect, exploitation, denial and often brutal suppression of legitimate political and economic rights and demands by essentially a military ruling class entirely originating from and established in what is today referred to as Pakistan.

Shiekh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh defined the separation a journey from ‘injustices to justice’ and from ‘darkness to light’. Since 1971, Bangladesh has gone through many changes – some promising, some not so.

Under these situations the burden has fallen on us to keep alive the war to liberate the country. If we (those who live abroad) do not write about the true history, chances are there that newer generations will never know the truth. We shall not betray or disappoint our countrymen. We shall continue our efforts till our dreams are fulfilled. This book titled “BANGLADESH: my dream” is a step in the right direction. The dream is: to achieve true liberty where we do not have to remain in fear all the time - where people will not die in gun-fight or cross-fire, nor will anyone be made to disappear without any trace - where criticism of the government would not mean act of treason or sedition. There shall be democracy and rule of law. There shall be equality and justice. Bangladesh shall be a country that we will feel proud of. That is the dream. Butterfly in the cover is source of joy and happiness and we look forward to that joy and happiness.

Captain Fazlur Rahman Chowdhury was a merchant navy officer who travelled extensively all over the world. He has not only seen different parts of the world but also studied their social and political life. He strongly believes that democracy is the best invention of the modern world. He often compares the situation in Bangladesh with that in other democratic countries.

This book is in fact a compilation of his articles published in recent days.

They deal with matters relating to freedom of expression, human rights, human respect and dignity, equality and justice. He focuses on democratic values and the rule of law.

The younger generation could learn a lot from these articles. They not only analyse our social problems but also suggest possible solutions. The country is passing through a difficult time. We need changes and reforms. This book provides useful suggestions.

Forward / Message

It is with great pleasure that I write a few words about the book written by Captain Fazlur Rahman Chowdhury. I have known Captain Chowdhury for last few years. As a merchant navy officer he travelled extensively all over the world. He has not only seen different parts of the world but also studied their social and political life. He strongly believes that democracy is the best invention of the modern world. He often compares the situation in Bangladesh with that in other democratic countries.

This book is in fact a compilation of his articles published in recent days. They deal with matters relating to freedom of expression, human rights, human respect and dignity, equality and justice. He focuses on democratic values and the rule of law.

The younger generation could learn a lot from these articles. They not only analyse our social problems but also suggest possible solutions. The country is passing through a difficult time. We need changes and reforms. This book provides useful suggestions.

I congratulate Fazlur for such a thoughtful gift to the people. He should write more on various social issues and on the maritime sector to which he belongs.

Dr. Kamal Hossain

3 September 2018

Contact

If you have any inquiry, please contact: fazlu.chowdhury@btinternet.com