Minister Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Newly elected ruling party general secretary Obaidul Quader, well-known to party followers as a ‘born dreamer’ as well as a natural orator, owns a long and rich political career.
While serving Bangladesh Awami League as joint general secretary during the 1/11 caretaker government, he was arrested on March 09, 2007 and remained in prison for 17 months and 26 days.Quader, who was unable to give his instant reaction amid huge crowds surrounded by him, is known as a prudent and dedicated political leader among party activists, reports UNB.Earlier, outgoing AL general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam proposed Quader’s name as general secretary while AL leader Jahangir Kabir Nanak seconded his proposal.
Since his college days, Quader, now Road Transport and Bridges Minister, was dynamically involved in politics, party insiders say. According to his personal profile, Quader played an active role during the Six-Point Movement in 1966 and took part actively in the Mass Upsurge and the Eleven-Point Movement of students in 1969.
In 1971, he participated in the Liberation War of Bangladesh as the commander of Companyganj Thana Mujib Forces.As a political leader, he has never wavered in his devotion to the party and the nation. He was imprisoned at several stages of his action-packed political life. After 1975, he was imprisoned for an uninterrupted two and a half years.
While in prison, he was elected President of the Central Committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of AL, and he remained so for two consecutive terms.Quader was elected Member of Parliament from Noakhali-5 in the 7th parliamentary elections of June 12, 1996.
On June 23, 1996, he was appointed State Minister for Youth, Sports and Cultural Affairs, and he carried out his responsibilities till July 15, 2001.He served as Secretary of Cultural Affairs and Education of the Central Executive Committee of Bangladesh Awami League from June 23, 2000 to December 26, 2002. He was elected first Senior Joint General Secretary of AL from December 26, 2002 to July 26, 2009.Quader was seriously wounded in the grisly grenade attack on August 21, 2004, and admitted to the Apollo Hospital in Delhi where doctors removed about 80 splinters from his body.
On November 2011, he took oath as Minister of the government. On December 5, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave him the portfolio of Communication Ministry.He also continued as the Minister for Communication during All Party Government from 21st November 2013 to 12th January 2014.Obaidul Quader was elected Member of Parliament on January 5, 2014 from Noakhali-5 for the third time in the 10th parliamentary elections and took oath as Communication Minister on January 12, 2014 for the second time.
Obaidul Quader was born on January 1, 1952 in Bara Rajapur, a village under Companyganj upazilla, Noakhali.
His father Mosharrof Hussain studied at Calcutta Islamia College and happened to be a classmate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Quitting civil service, his father engaged himself with noble profession of teaching. His mother Fazilatunessa was from a noble Muslim family.
Quader graduated from the Dhaka University in Political Science. His wife Isratunnesa Quader is a prominent lawyer.
Quader was an active journalist and writer as he worked as assistant editor of Daily Banglar Bani for a long time.
He has got nine books to his name -- Bangladesh: A Revolution Betrayed (published in 1976 by Monisha Publishers, Kolkata); Bangladesher Hridoy Hote; Pakistaner Karagare Bangabandhu; Ei Bijoyer Mukut Kothai; Teen Somudrer Deshe; Meghe Meghe Onek Bela; Rochona Somogro; Karagare Lekha Onusmriti: Je Kotha Bola Hoyni and Nirbachito Column.