A versatile politician, Giasuddin Ahmed passed away on January 15 at the age of 88. Giasuddin Ahmed was popularly known as Gias bhai. He was elected to the Assam Legislative Assembly four times in 1967, 1972, 1978 and 1991 on CPI ticket. In the year 1979, he was elected Deputy Speaker unimously while Anowara Taimur was the Chief Minister.
A tribute to Giasudduin Ahmed
When Giasuddin Ahmed was elected Deputy Speaker, political crisis reached such a critical point that he had to dissolve the Assam Assembly sine die. It was a historic ruling which was appreciated by constitutiol experts, including Ashok Mehta. Giasuddin’s vision was to elimite illiteracy from the most backward char areas particularly and he established a large number of LP schools and three high schools, one at Barkanda, one at yeralga and another at Silbari near Sapatgram. He was a successful teacher also. He also established a library at Barkanda med Barkanda Education Society when he was a student of Class VII. His vision was to develop char areas and for easy transportation of farmers’ agricultural products to Bilasipara market he constructed a PWD road from Bilasipara to Mayar char. Giasuddin led the movement for creation of Bilasipara civil subdivision. He was one of the leaders of New Moyguri to Jogighopa Railway project which is partially in operation. He was an unopposed leader of the toiling masses and the minority people of Dhubri district.
Giasuddin Ahmed was born on August 19, 1929 in the village Boalkamuri under Bilasipara civil subdivision. His father was Basiruddin Ahmed and his mother was Guleza Begum. He visited Soviet Russia in the year 1972 as a delegate of Indo-Soviet Cultural Society. He visited Fiji as a delegate in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Summit in 1981. He was a jourlist. He edited a weekly newspaper tiled Saptahik vadiganta. I pray to God for the eterl peace of the departed soul of Gias bhai.
- Dayal Paul