মুহাম্মদ হাবিবুর রহমান
Rahman in 2011
|Prime Minister of Bangladesh|
31 March 1996 – 23 June 1996
|President||Abdur Rahman Biswas|
|Preceded by||Khaleda Zia|
|Succeeded by||Hasina Wazed|
|Chief Justice of Bangladesh|
1 February 1995 – 30 April 1995
|Preceded by||Shahabuddin Ahmed|
|Succeeded by||A. T. M. Afzal|
|Born||3 December 1928|
Murshidabad, Bengal Presidency, British India
|Died||11 January 2014 (aged 85)|
|Alma mater||University of Dhaka|
University of Oxford
Muhammad Habibur Rahman (3 December 1928 – 11 January 2014) was a Chief Justice of Bangladesh Supreme Court in 1995. He was the Chief Adviser of the 1996 caretaker government which oversaw the Seventh parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. A language activist and advocate of the Bengali language, he wrote extensively and published eight books on the subject. He played a significant role to implement Bengali in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He wrote Jathashabdo (1974), the first thesaurus in the Bengali language.
Rahman was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1984 and Ekushey Padak in 2007 by the Government of Bangladesh. He served as a Fellow of Bangla Academy, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh and Worcester College, Oxford.
Rahman began his career as a lecturer in history of Dhaka University in 1952. Later he joined Rajshahi University where he subsequently held the office of Dean of the Faculty of Law (1961) and of Reader in History (1962–64). He changed his profession in 1964 when he took to law and joined the Dhaka High Court Bar. In his legal career, he held the offices of Assistant Advocate General (1969), Vice President of High Court Bar Association (1972) and member of Bangladesh bar council(1972).
Rahman was an author of seventy books in Bengali on law, language, literature, poetry and religion and five books in English, including two books of verse. Law of Requisition (1966), Rabindra Prabandhey Sanjna O Parthakya Bichar (1968), Jatha-sabda (1974), Matri-bhashar Sapakshey Rabindranath (1983), Qur'an-sutra (1984), Bachan O Prabachan (1985), Gangariddhi thekey Bangladesh (1985), Rabindra Rachanar Rabindra-byaksha (1986), Rabindra-kabyey Art, Sangeet O Sahitya (1986), Koran-shorif Sorol Banganubad, On Rights and Remedies, Amara ki Jabo-na Tader Kachhey Jara Shudhu Banglai Katha Baley (1996).
Rahman made notable contributions to the Language Movement, 21 February 1952 of the then East Pakistan. He was the first person to break the Section 144 lead the first batch of a procession and was arrested soon after that. On that day, the police and parliamentary forces resorted to widespread tear gas shelling, clubbing and finally shooting. Consequently, several students were killed, hundreds were injured and thousands were arrested.
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