Tajuddin Ahmad

Tajuddin Ahmad
তাজউদ্দীন আহমদ
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1st Prime Minister of Bangladesh
In office
11 April 1971 – 12 January 1972
PresidentBangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Syed Nazrul Islam (Acting)
Succeeded byBangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Personal details
Born(1925-07-23)23 July 1925
Dardaria, Bengal Presidency, British India
(now Kapasia, Bangladesh)
Died3 November 1975(1975-11-03) (aged 50)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Political partyAwami League (1949–1975)
Other political
All-India Muslim League (Before 1949)
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka

Tajuddin Ahmad (Bengali: তাজউদ্দীন আহমদ; 23 July 1925 – 3 November 1975) was a Bangladeshi statesman and freedom fighter. He served as the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh and led the wartime provisional government during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. Ahmad is regarded as one of the most influential and instrumental figures in the birth of Bangladesh, due to his leadership of the provisional government in 1971, in which he united the various political, military and cultural forces of Bengali nationalism.

A close confidante of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Ahmad was the general secretary of the Awami League in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He coordinated the League's election campaign for the 1970 Pakistani general election, in which the League gained a historic parliamentary majority to form a government. Ahmad, along with Mujib and Dr. Kamal Hossain, led negotiations with President Yahya Khan and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto for the transfer of power to the elected National Assembly.

Early life

Ahmad was born at Kapasia in Gazipur on 23 July 1925 to Maulavi Muhammad Yasin Khan and Meherunnesa Khanam.[1] He went to Saint Gregory High school. In 1944, he stood 12th on the matriculation examination. In 1948, he placed 4th in the Higher Secondary Certificate Examination. He obtained BA with honors in Economics from Dhaka University. In 1943, he joined the Muslim League. On 4 January 1948, Ahmad joined East Pakistan Student League as a founding member.[2]