Full name: Tajuddin Ahmad
Birthdate: on July 23, 1925
Birthplace: Kapasia, Gazipur
Died: November 3, 1975 (aged 50)
Death Place: Dhaka Central Jail
Education: University of Dhaka
Occupation: Politician, Prime Minister
Spouse (s): Syeda Zohra Tajuddin
Zodiac sign: Leo
Tajuddin Ahmad was a politician and freedom fighter of Bangladesh. The played a pivotal role during the liberation war of Bangladesh. He was the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh and led the wartime Provisional Government. Ahmed is considered one of the influential and instrumental figures across the country for his astute leadership during the liberation war. He was the General Secretary of the Bangladesh Awami League and a close confidante of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Tajuddin Ahmad Early Life:
Tajuddin Ahmad was born on July 23, 1925, at Kapasia, Gazipur, Bangladesh. Maulavi Muhammad Yasin Khan was his father and the mother was Meherunnesa Khanam. He was very talent from early childhood. Ahmed studied at Bhuleswar Government High School and stood first in class one and two.
He passed matriculation placed 12th in the national merit list in 1944. In 1948, he came with 4th the Higher Secondary Certificate Examination. Ahmed received an honors degree in economics from the University of Dhaka. In 1964, remaining political imprisoned, he took part in L.L.B. exam and passed. He joined the Muslim League in 1943. Later he joined the East Pakistan Student League as a founding member.
Following the Operation Searchlight on March 25, 1971, he along with some senior leader moved to Meherpur, Kushtia by the instruction of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. In this area, they formed the Provisional Government named Mujibnagar Government after the name of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He was the Prime Minister and Syed Nazrul Islam was the Vice President of the government. The government formed the Bangladesh Armed Forces under the command of General M. A. G. Osmani to fight with the Pakistanis.
After the independence of Bangladesh, he became the Minister of Finance and Planning Ministry cabinet formed under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. In the writing committee of the Constitution of Bangladesh, he was the committee in charge.
Following the assassination of great leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975, he was immediately placed under house arrest. By the regime of the new president Khondaker Mostaq Ahmed, he was arrested with other three national heroes. November 3, 1975, Tajuddin Ahmad was killed brutally in the central jail by some army officer on the instruction of Khondaker Mostaq Ahmed.
Tajuddin Ahmad had three daughters Sharmin Ahmad (Reepi), Simeen Hussain Rimi, Mahjabin Ahmad (Mimi) and a son Tanjim Ahmad Sohel Taj. His wife Syeda Zohra Tajuddin led the Awami League in the party’s crisis situation from 1975-1981, just after the death of senior Awami League leaders including Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and her husband. She died on December 30, 2013.
Ahmad’s son Sohel Taj was the Minister of State for Home Affairs. His daughter Simeen Hussain was elected Member of Parliament in 2002 when brother Sohel Taj resigned as a Parliament Member from the Parliamentary seat.
Shahid Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital in Gazipur is named after him as an honor.