Sher-e-Bangla’s 144th birth anniversary tomorrow

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PV Desk : The 144th birth anniversary of AK Fazlul Haque known as Sher-e-Bangla (Tiger of Bengal), will be observed tomorrow.

On the occasion, Barisal Divisional Association will place wreaths at the grave of the great leader in the city tomorrow morning, said a press release here today.

Later, discussion will be held on the premises of his mazar.

On this day in 1873, Haque was born at his maternal uncle’s house in Saturia village in earlier Bakerganj district, now Jhalokati district in Barisal Division.

He passed the entrance examination in 1890 from Barisal Zilla School and the FA Examination in 1892. He then obtained a BA degree (with triple honours in chemistry, mathematics and physics) from Presidency College.

Later, he got admitted in MA in English at Calcutta University. Just six months before the final examination, a friend of his father teased him that Muslims are weak in mathematics and that’s why he was studying English.

Haque opposed it strongly and challenged his father’s friend that he will sit for mathematics exam instead of English. With special permission to attend the exam he passed the Master of Arts in mathematics from Calcutta University with distinction.

His formal education was completed with a BL degree in 1897 from the University Law College.

Haque was elected to the Bengal Legislative Council and appointed as the Education Minister in 1924. In 1935, with the backing of Congress, he was elected mayor of Calcutta, the first Muslim mayor of Calcutta. In 1943, he was elected Prime Minister of Bengal during the British Empire in Bengal. He also moved the famous Lahore Resolution in 1940.