Sher-e-Bangla Memorial Museum, Chakhar – Tourism Info

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Sher-e-Bangla Memorial Museum, Chakhar

Sher-e-Bangla Memorial Museum was founded on 27 decimals of land of Chakhar Boys’ High School and Wajed Memorial Girls’ High School. The eminent politician and public leader of Indian subcontinent and undivided Bengal Abul Kashem Fazlul Huq who was better known as Sher-e-Bangla (Tiger of Bengal) A.K Fazlul Huq was born in 1873 at Saturia village under the then Bakerganj district. He was the only son of Muhammad Wajed Ali Khan and Saidunnessa. But his ancestors lived at a village named Chakhar about 22 kilometres (13.7 miles) away from Barisal town. He was the Mayor (1935) of Kolkata, Chief Minister (1937-1943) of undivided Bengal, and Chief Minister (1954) of East Bengal, Home Minister (1955) of Pakistan, and including the post of the Governor (1956-1958) of East Pakistan, he held many other high political and state positions. He was very meritorious and eloquent from the very student life and he did his masters in Mathematics in 1896 from Kolkata University and obtained BL degree in 1997 from the Law College of Kolkata University. And in 1906 he joined the Government Service as a Deputy Magistrate and served from 2008—2012 as an Assistant Registrar. Thereafter, he resigned the government service and then he chose the public service and legal practice. He at the advice of Sir Asutosh Mukherjee started practicing law at the High Court of Kolkata.  He took his initial lessons in politics from Sir Khawaja Salimullah and Nawab Ali Chowdhury. In 1913, he was elected member of the Bengal Legislative Council from Dhaka Division. Sher-e-Bangla A.K Fazlul Huq besides being secretary of the Provincial Muslim League, President of All India Muslim League, he held many other important political posts. He joined the Khilafat Movement in 1919 and supported the Non-cooperation Movement to give up the titles and to quit the British commodities. To mitigate sufferings of the peasants, he during the first Cabinet Period (1937-1941), implemented the Bengal Agricultural Debtors’ Act (1938) and defended the poor farmers from the clutches of the money-lenders. With a view to removing the backwardness of the Muslim communities, Sher-e-Bangla while the Chief Minister of Bengal ordered to reserve 50% service quotas for the Muslims, and while an Education Minister  he took effective measures to expedite and spread education among the Muslims. Sher-e-Bangla organised the Krisak Proja Party in 1935. His party created several pressures to abolish Zamindari system, introduce free primary education, abrogate all oppressive laws, Free State prisoners, release all political detainees, including the persons who are detained without trials. Sher-e-Bangla was very simple in personal and public life. His liberal and beneficent nature was loved by people irrespective of caste and creed. People still remember Sher-e-Bangla A.K Fazlul Huq with respect for his contribution for emancipation and establishment of the rights of people .This great leader died in 1962 in Dhaka.

To retain Sher-e-Bangla’s memory and achievement, the museum was established on the initiative of the Department of Archeology.  This four-roomed museum consists of two display rooms, one office room, and a library. As soon as one enters, one finds on the left side a huge portrait of Sher-e-Bangla and synopsis of his life work and picture displayed about his social, political, family and his various activities. The museum contains Fazul Huq’s used articles of which easy chairs, wooden bedstead, mattress, alna (cloth hanger), dressing tables, tools, chair-tables, hand-stick, water glass, and some other useful things. The museum remains open from 10 am to 5 pm on all days of the week.

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