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This is a list of notable residents and people who have origins in the Sylhet Division of Bangladesh and the Barak Valley of the Indian state of Assam. This list also includes British Bangladeshis, Bangladeshi Americans, Bangladeshi Canadians, and other non-resident Bengalis who have origins in Greater Sylhet. The people may also be known as Sylheti.

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Sylhet Division

Sylhet Division

Sylhet Division is the northeastern division of Bangladesh. It is bordered by the Indian states of Meghalaya, Assam and Tripura to the north, east and south respectively, and by the Bangladeshi divisions of Chittagong to the southwest and Dhaka and Mymensingh to the west. Prior to 1947, it included the subdivision of Karimganj. However, Karimganj was inexplicably severed from Sylhet by the Radcliffe Boundary Commission. According to Niharranjan Ray, it was partly due to a plea from a delegation led by Abdul Matlib Mazumdar.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Bangladesh, officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is a country in South Asia. It is the eighth-most populous country in the world, with a population exceeding 165 million people in an area of 148,460 square kilometres (57,320 sq mi). Bangladesh is among the most densely populated countries in the world, and shares land borders with India to the west, north, and east, and Myanmar to the southeast; to the south it has a coastline along the Bay of Bengal. It is narrowly separated from Bhutan and Nepal by the Siliguri Corridor; and from China by the Indian state of Sikkim in the north. Dhaka, the capital and largest city, is the nation's political, financial and cultural center. Chittagong, the second-largest city, is the busiest port on the Bay of Bengal. The official language is Bengali, one of the easternmost branches of the Indo-European language family.

Barak Valley

Barak Valley

The Barak Valley is located in the southern region of the Indian state of Assam. The region is named after the Barak river. The Barak valley consists of three administrative districts of Assam - namely Cachar, Karimganj, and Hailakandi. The main, largest and capital city of the Valley is Silchar. Once North Cachar Hills was a part of the valley but In 1951 erstwhile Sub-Division was made a separate district and eventually curved out of Cachar. On 1 July 1983, Karimganj district was curved out from the eponymous subdivision of Cachar Valley. This was again repeated in 1989 with the creation of Hailakandi district.

Assam

Assam

Assam is a state in northeastern India, south of the eastern Himalayas along the Brahmaputra and Barak River valleys. Assam covers an area of 78,438 km2 (30,285 sq mi). The state is bordered by Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh to the north; Nagaland and Manipur to the east; Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram and Bangladesh to the south; and West Bengal to the west via the Siliguri Corridor, a 22 kilometres (14 mi) wide strip of land that connects the state to the rest of India. Assamese and Boro are the official languages of Assam, while Bengali is an additional official language in the Barak Valley.

British Bangladeshis

British Bangladeshis

British Bangladeshis are people of Bangladeshi origin who have attained citizenship in the United Kingdom, through immigration and historical naturalisation. The term can also refer to their descendants. Bengali Muslims have prominently been migrating to the UK since the 1940s. Migration reached its peak during the 1970s, with most originating from the Sylhet region. The largest concentration live in east London boroughs, such as Tower Hamlets. This large diaspora in London leads people in Sylhet to refer to British Bangladeshis as Londoni.

Bangladeshi Americans

Bangladeshi Americans

Bangladeshi Americans are Americans of Bangladeshi descent. The majority of Bangladeshi Americans are Bengalis and form the largest group of Bengali Americans. Bangladeshi immigrants have arrived in the United States in large numbers since the early 1970s to become among the fastest growing ethnic communities since that decade. New York City, home to two-thirds of the Bangladeshi American population; Paterson, New Jersey; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Buffalo, New York; as well as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, Florida, Dallas, Houston, Charlotte, Austin, Hamtramck, Michigan, and Reno, Nevada are home to notable Bangladeshi communities.

Bangladeshi Canadians

Bangladeshi Canadians

Bangladeshi Canadians are Canadian citizens of Bangladeshi descent, first-generation Bangladeshi immigrants, or descendants of Bangladeshis who emigrated to Canada. The term may also refer to people who hold dual Bangladeshi and Canadian citizenship.

Sylhetis

Sylhetis

The Sylheti are an Indo-Aryan ethnocultural group that are associated with the Sylhet region in South Asia, specifically in northeast of Bengal presently divided between the Sylhet Division of Bangladesh, and the Barak Valley of Assam, India. There are sizeable Sylheti populations in Hojai district of Assam, the Indian areas of Meghalaya, North Tripura and Manipur's Jiribam district. They speak Sylheti, an Eastern Indo-Aryan language, which is ambiguously considered as an independent language, or as a dialect of Bengali.

Activism and cause célèbres

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Abdul Muktadir

Abdul Muktadir

Mohammad Abdul Muktadir was a Bengali geologist and academic who was killed in the 1971 Dhaka University massacre. He is considered a martyr in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Liberation War

Bangladesh Liberation War

The Bangladesh Liberation War was a revolution and armed conflict sparked by the rise of the Bengali nationalist and self-determination movement in East Pakistan, which resulted in the independence of Bangladesh. The war began when the Pakistani military junta based in West Pakistan—under the orders of Yahya Khan—launched Operation Searchlight against the people of East Pakistan on the night of 25 March 1971, initiating the Bangladesh genocide.

Altab Ali

Altab Ali

Altab Ali was a Bangladeshi textile worker stabbed to death in London, in a racially motivated killing. His death sparked widespread outrage and grassroots action that helped to reduce racism against British Bangladeshis and British Asians in the United Kingdom.

Anudvaipayan Bhattacharya

Anudvaipayan Bhattacharya

Anudvaipayan Bhattacharya was a lecturer of the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Dhaka who was killed by the Pakistan Army on 25 March 1971.

Dia Chakravarty

Dia Chakravarty

Dia Sudeshna Chakravarty is a Bangladeshi-born British political activist, former political director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, singer, and Brexit Editor of The Daily Telegraph.

Gurusaday Dutt

Gurusaday Dutt

Gurusaday Dutt (1882–1941) was a civil servant, folklorist, and writer. He was the founder of the Bratachari Movement in the 1930s.

Bratachari movement

Bratachari movement

The Bratachari movement was a movement for spiritual and social improvement in India initiated by Gurusaday Dutt in 1932. The movement aimed to raise the self-esteem and national awareness of people of undivided India regardless of their religion, caste, sex or age. It was a comprehensive programme of physical, mental, and intellectual culture, based on folk traditions of physical exercise, art, dance, drama, music, singing and social service. The Bratacharis undertake to perform good deeds, strengthen fellowship and develop the mind and body through dance.

Jagat Joity Das

Jagat Joity Das

Jagat Joity Das was a martyr of the Bangladesh Liberation War. He was posthumously awarded the Bir Bikrom, the third highest award for gallantry, for his role in the freedom movement of Bangladesh.

Kakon Bibi

Kakon Bibi

Noorjahan Kakon Bibi Bir Protik was a Bangladeshi freedom fighter and secret agent of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. She was arrested and brutally tortured by the Pakistan army. She is one of two female freedom fighters honored with the Bir Protik award in 1996, the fourth highest honor in Bangladesh, due to her gallant contribution in the liberation war.

Kamala Bhattacharya

Kamala Bhattacharya

Kamala Bhattacharya was an Indian student who was martyred in the Bengali Language Movement in Silchar in 1961.

Bengali Language Movement (Barak Valley)

Bengali Language Movement (Barak Valley)

The Bengali Language Movement of Barak Valley was a protest against the decision of the Government of Assam to make Assamese the only sole official language of the state, even though knowing that a major proportion of the Barak Valley population speaks Bangla language. About 80% of the Valley's residents are ethnic Bengalis. In the Barak Valley region, the ethnic Bengali population consists of both Hindus and Muslims, who are almost equal in population and constitute the overwhelming majority of the population. There is also a substainable minority of native tribals and immigrants from other parts of India. The main incident took place on 19 May 1961 at Silchar railway station in which 11 ethnic Bengalis were killed by Assam police.

Leela Roy

Leela Roy

Leela Roy née Nag, was a radical leftist Indian woman politician and reformer, and a close associate of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. She was born in Goalpara, Assam to Girish Chandra Naag, who was a deputy magistrate, and her mother was Kunjalata Naag. She was the first female student of Dhaka University.

Art and design

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Dhruba Esh

Dhruba Esh

Dhruba Esh is a Bangladeshi cover artist and writer. He has designed a number of the most iconic covers including Humayun Ahmed's Himu and Misir Ali series.

Jalal Ahmad

Jalal Ahmad

Jalal Ahmad is a practicing Bangladeshi architect. He is the Ex-President of Institute of Architects Bangladesh and the vice president of Commonwealth Association of Architects.

Institute of Architects Bangladesh

Institute of Architects Bangladesh

The Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) is a professional organization for architects in Bangladesh. Architect Muzharul Islam was its founder president. The IAB works with different government organization & offers education, government advocacy to improve the quality of architecture profession in Bangladesh.

Commonwealth Association of Architects

Commonwealth Association of Architects

Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), formed in 1965, is an organisation for national and regional institutes representing architects in Commonwealth countries. As such, under the Commonwealth family, the association validates courses in architecture and convenes international boards to educational institutions to assess course components against set criteria. Its current membership list is 34 nations. Sir Robert Matthew CBE served as the first President from 1965 to 1969. Vince Cassar is the present president of the organization.

Saiman Miah

Saiman Miah

Saiman Miah is a British Bangladeshi architectural designer and graphic designer. He designed one of the two £5 commemorative coins for the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

2012 Summer Olympics

2012 Summer Olympics

The 2012 Summer Olympics was an international multi-sport event held from 27 July to 12 August 2012 in London, England, United Kingdom. The first event, the group stage in women's football, began on 25 July at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, followed by the opening ceremony on 27 July. 10,768 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated in the 2012 Olympics.

Business and industry

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG receiving the Thomas Francis Jr Medal in Global Public Health award from the University of Michigan (April 2016)
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG receiving the Thomas Francis Jr Medal in Global Public Health award from the University of Michigan (April 2016)

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Fazle Hasan Abed

Fazle Hasan Abed

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed was the founder of BRAC, one of the world's largest non-governmental organizations.

Abdul Latif (restaurateur)

Abdul Latif (restaurateur)

Abdul Latif, FRSA was a Bangladeshi-born British restaurateur and curry chef in Newcastle upon-Tyne who became famous nationwide because of his regular appearances in Viz magazine. He was well known for his dish "Curry Hell" introduced in 1987 – a curry reputedly so hot that it was offered for free to patrons of his Newcastle restaurant who could finish the entire meal. The dish contained four times the amount of chilli found in a typical vindaloo.

Ayub Ali Master

Ayub Ali Master

Ayub Ali Master, was an early British Bangladeshi social reformer, politician and entrepreneur. He is notable for pioneering social welfare work for many early British Asians. He established a boardinghouse known as "Number 13" in his home which provided many facilities for British Asians. He is one of the earliest of Sylhetis to arrive in the United Kingdom, now hosting one of the largest Bangladeshi diaspora communities outside of Bangladesh and due to this, he was amongst the famous household names in the Sylhet region during his time referred to as the brave jahazis (sailors). His family is also notable as entrepreneurs and businessmen.

British Asian

British Asian

British Asians are British citizens of Asian descent. They constitute a significant and growing minority of the people living in the United Kingdom, with 6.9% of the population identifying as Asian/Asian British in the 2011 United Kingdom census. This represented a national demographic increase from a 4.4% share of UK population in 2001.

Bajloor Rashid

Bajloor Rashid

Bajloor Rashid, is a Bangladeshi-born British restaurateur, philanthropist and humanitarian. From 2006 to 2012, he was the president for the Bangladesh Caterers Association UK.

Bangladesh Caterers Association UK

Bangladesh Caterers Association UK

Bangladesh Caterers Association UK is the umbrella organisation of British-Bangladeshi restaurants. It was established in 1960 to represent the catering industry run by the ethnic Bangladeshis.

Enam Ali

Enam Ali

Enam Ali was a Bangladeshi-born British businessman who founded The British Curry Awards, Spice Business Magazine, and Ion TV.

Spice Business Magazine

Spice Business Magazine

Spice Business Magazine is a British quarterly trade magazine for the Indian restaurant business community.

Foysol Choudhury

Foysol Choudhury

Foysol Hussain Choudhury, MBE is a Bangladeshi-born British businessman, and a Scottish Labour politician. He has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Lothian region since May 2021.

Iqbal Ahmed

Iqbal Ahmed

Iqbal Ahmed is a Bangladesh-born British entrepreneur. Based in Manchester, he made his fortune importing shrimp. His two companies, Seamark and Ibco, have extensive interests in shipping, hotel and real estate development, hospitality, and food. Their success turned him into one of the United Kingdom's richest men. He is also the highest ranked British Bangladeshi to be featured on the Sunday Times Rich List.

Order of the British Empire

Order of the British Empire

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V and comprises five classes across both civil and military divisions, the most senior two of which make the recipient either a knight if male or dame if female. There is also the related British Empire Medal, whose recipients are affiliated with, but not members of the order.

Education and sciences

Abdul Malik was Pakistan's first cardiologist.
Abdul Malik was Pakistan's first cardiologist.
In 1994, Saifur Rahman was elected governor of the golden jubilee conference of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Madrid, Spain.[2]
In 1994, Saifur Rahman was elected governor of the golden jubilee conference of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Madrid, Spain.[2]

National Professors of Bangladesh

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Abdul Malik (physician)

Abdul Malik (physician)

Abdul Malik is a Bangladeshi cardiologist and National Professor of Bangladesh. He is the first cardiac surgeon of united Pakistan. In 2004, he was awarded Independence Day Award, the highest state award by the Government of Bangladesh for contribution in medical science.

International Monetary Fund

International Monetary Fund

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is a major financial agency of the United Nations, and an international financial institution, headquartered in Washington, D.C., consisting of 190 countries. Its stated mission is "working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world." Formed in 1944, started on 27 December 1945, at the Bretton Woods Conference primarily by the ideas of Harry Dexter White and John Maynard Keynes, it came into formal existence in 1945 with 29 member countries and the goal of reconstructing the international monetary system. It now plays a central role in the management of balance of payments difficulties and international financial crises. Countries contribute funds to a pool through a quota system from which countries experiencing balance of payments problems can borrow money. As of 2016, the fund had XDR 477 billion. The IMF is regarded as the global lender of last resort.

Madrid

Madrid

Madrid is the capital and most populous city of Spain. The city has almost 3.4 million inhabitants and a metropolitan area population of approximately 6.7 million. It is the second-largest city in the European Union (EU), and its monocentric metropolitan area is the third-largest in the EU. The municipality covers 604.3 km2 (233.3 sq mi) geographical area.

Aminul Hoque (writer)

Aminul Hoque (writer)

Aminul Hoque, MBE is a Bangladeshi-born British lecturer and writer.

Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London, officially the Goldsmiths' College, is a constituent research university of the University of London in England. It was originally founded in 1891 as The Goldsmiths' Technical and Recreative Institute by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in New Cross, London. It was renamed Goldsmiths' College after being acquired by the University of London in 1904 and specialises in the arts, design, humanities and social sciences. The main building on campus, known as the Richard Hoggart Building, was originally opened in 1792 and is the site of the former Royal Naval School.

Govinda Chandra Dev

Govinda Chandra Dev

Govinda Chandra Dev, known as Dr. G. C. Dev, was a professor of philosophy at the University of Dhaka. He was assassinated at the onset of Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 by the Pakistan Army.

Bangladesh Liberation War

Bangladesh Liberation War

The Bangladesh Liberation War was a revolution and armed conflict sparked by the rise of the Bengali nationalist and self-determination movement in East Pakistan, which resulted in the independence of Bangladesh. The war began when the Pakistani military junta based in West Pakistan—under the orders of Yahya Khan—launched Operation Searchlight against the people of East Pakistan on the night of 25 March 1971, initiating the Bangladesh genocide.

K M Baharul Islam

K M Baharul Islam

K M Baharul Islam is presently the Chairperson of Centre of Excellence in Public Policy and Government at Indian Institute of Management Kashipur. He served as the Dean (Academics) during 2019-2021 at the same institute. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland on 18 March 2020. In October 2021, he was invited as a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur also known as IIM Kashipur, is a public business school located in Kashipur, Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the thirteen Indian Institutes of Management the government has set up during the Eleventh Five-Year Plan. The foundation stone of the institute was laid on 29 April 2011.

Mamun Al Mahtab (Shwapnil)

Mamun Al Mahtab (Shwapnil)

Mamun Al Mahtab is a Bangladeshi hepatologist, medical scientist, author, and columnist. With 290 publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals to his credit, Mahtab is currently working as the Head, Division of Interventional Hepatology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). In 1998, he graduated from the University of London with an MSc in gastroenterology, and then in 2006, he obtained an MD in hepatology at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University(BSMMU).

M. A. Rashid

M. A. Rashid

M. A. Rashid was a Bangladeshi educator. He served as the 1st Vice-chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology during 1962–1970. He was awarded Independence Day Award in 1982 by the Government of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, commonly known by the acronym BUET, is a public technological research university in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Founded in 1876 as the Dacca Survey School, it is the oldest institution for the study of engineering, architecture and urban planning in Bangladesh.

Economists

Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, an economist, diplomat, and Bengali Language Movement veteran who served Bangladesh's 2nd Finance Minister.
Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, an economist, diplomat, and Bengali Language Movement veteran who served Bangladesh's 2nd Finance Minister.

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Abul Maal Abdul Muhith

Abul Maal Abdul Muhith

Abul Maal Abdul Muhith was a Bangladeshi economist, writer, civil servant, secretary, diplomat and politician. He served as the Finance Minister of the government of Bangladesh from January 2009 until January 2019.

B. B. Bhattacharya

B. B. Bhattacharya

Barid Baran Bhattacharya was an Indian economist and educationist. He was vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was also Director and Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.

Institute of Economic Growth

Institute of Economic Growth

The Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) is an autonomous, multidisciplinary Centre for advanced research and training. Widely recognized as a Centre of excellence, it is one of India's leading academic institutions in the fields of economic and social development. Established in 1958, its faculty of about 23 social scientists and a large body of supporting research staff focus on emerging and often cutting-edge areas of social and policy concern. Many past and current faculty members are internationally renowned and award-winning scholars.

Delhi

Delhi

Delhi, officially the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, is a city and a union territory of India containing New Delhi, the capital of India. Straddling the Yamuna river, primarily its western or right bank, Delhi shares borders with the state of Uttar Pradesh in the east and with the state of Haryana in the remaining directions. The NCT covers an area of 1,484 square kilometres (573 sq mi). According to the 2011 census, Delhi's city proper population was over 11 million, while the NCT's population was about 16.8 million. Delhi's urban agglomeration, which includes the satellite cities of Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Noida in an area known as the National Capital Region (NCR), has an estimated population of over 28 million, making it the largest metropolitan area in India and the second-largest in the world. The topography of the medieval fort Purana Qila on the banks of the river Yamuna matches the literary description of the citadel Indraprastha in the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata; however, excavations in the area have revealed few signs of an ancient built environment. The Tomar dynasty ruled parts of present-day Delhi and Haryana during the 8th–12th century. Their rule over this region is attested to by multiple inscriptions and coins. A 13th-century inscription states that the Tomaras ruled most of Hariyanaka (Haryana) and a 14th-century inscription states that they built Dhillika in this region. Around that city is a fortified wall called Lal Kot built by Anangpal Tomar. From the early 13th century until the mid-19th century, Delhi was the capital of two major empires, the Delhi sultanate and the Mughal Empire, which covered large parts of South Asia. All three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city, the Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, and the Red Fort, belong to this period. Delhi was the early centre of Sufism and Qawwali music. The names of Nizamuddin Auliya and Amir Khusrau are prominently associated with it. The Khariboli dialect of Old Hindi spoken in Delhi was part of a linguistic development that gave rise to the literature of Urdu. Delhi was a major centre of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. In 1911, New Delhi, a southern region within Delhi, became the capital of the British Indian Empire. During the Partition of India in 1947, Delhi was transformed from a Mughal city to a Hindu one, losing two-thirds of its Muslim residents, in part due to the pressure brought to bear by arriving Hindu refugees from western Punjab. After independence in 1947, New Delhi continued as the capital of the Dominion of India, and after 1950 of the Republic of India.

Mohammed Farashuddin

Mohammed Farashuddin

Mohammed Farashuddin is a Bangladeshi economist who served as the seventh Governor of Bangladesh Bank, the central bank of Bangladesh. He served during 1998–2001. He is the founder of East West University (EWU) where he was the founding vice-chancellor during 1995-1998. He is currently the chairperson of the board of trustees of the university. Farashuddin also served as the private secretary to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from 1973 to 1975.

Bangladesh Bank

Bangladesh Bank

Bangladesh Bank is the central bank of Bangladesh and is a member of the Asian Clearing Union. It is fully owned by the Government of Bangladesh.

East West University

East West University

East West University, is a private university located in Aftabnagar, Dhaka of Bangladesh. It was established in 1996 under the Private University Act of 1992.

Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri

Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri

Mrinal Datta-Chaudhuri (1934–2015), popularly known as MDC, was an Indian theoretical economist, academic and a professor of the Delhi School of Economics. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 2005, for his contributions to literature and education.

Delhi School of Economics

Delhi School of Economics

Delhi School of Economics (DSE), popularly referred to as "D School", is a Higher Educational Institution within the University of Delhi. The Delhi School of Economics is situated in University of Delhi's North Campus in Maurice Nagar. Established in 1949, the campus of the Delhi School of Economics houses the University of Delhi's departments of Economics, Sociology, Geography and Commerce, as well as the Ratan Tata Library. Out of the four academic departments, the Departments of Economics, Sociology and Geography come under the Faculty of Social Sciences, while the Department of Commerce comes under the Faculty of Commerce and Business Studies.

Saifur Rahman (Bangladeshi politician)

Saifur Rahman (Bangladeshi politician)

Mohammad Saifur Rahman was a Bangladeshi economist and politician. He was a leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the longest-serving Finance Minister of Bangladesh. He delivered 12 national budgets in three terms between 1980 and 1981, 1991–1996 and 2001–2006 over a ministerial life spanning from December 1976 until October 2006 in three different governments. He was Trade & Commerce Minister for the first three years, and thereafter Finance and Planning Minister for 12 years.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party

Bangladesh Nationalist Party

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party is a centre-right to right-wing nationalist, political party in Bangladesh and one of the major political parties of Bangladesh. It was founded on 1 September 1978 by former Bangladeshi President Ziaur Rahman after the Presidential election of 1978, with a view of uniting the people with a nationalist ideology. Since then, the BNP won the second, fifth, sixth and eighth national elections and two Presidential elections in 1978 and 1981. The party also holds the record of being the largest opposition in the history of parliamentary elections of the country, with 116 seats in the seventh national election of June 1996. It has currently 7 MPs in parliament after 2018 general election. Although the party was initially founded on a nationalistic principle, many of its leaders want an Islamic government and its main supporters are Islamists.

Shah A M S Kibria

Shah A M S Kibria

Shah Abu Muhammad Shamsul Kibria, known as SAMS Kibria or Shams Kibria, was a Bangladeshi economist, diplomat and politician.

Entertainment

Khalil Ullah Khan earned Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gunda in 1976.
Khalil Ullah Khan earned Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gunda in 1976.

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Khalil Ullah Khan

Khalil Ullah Khan

Khalil Ullah Khan was a Bangladeshi film and television actor. He earned Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gunda in 1976.

Adnan Faruque

Adnan Faruque

Syed Adnan Faruque, also known as Hillol, is a Bangladeshi model, actor, presenter and YouTuber. He made his film debut in Chorabali in 2012. He has starred in several drama serials including Mukhosh Manush, Highway, Three Comrades, Terminal and No Problem. His YouTube channels focuses on food and travel vlogs.

Afshan Azad

Afshan Azad

Afshan Noor Azad-Kazi is a British actress, model, and media personality. She is best known for playing the role of Padma Patil in the Harry Potter film series, beginning in 2005 with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Harry Potter (film series)

Harry Potter (film series)

Harry Potter is a film series based on the eponymous novels by J. K. Rowling. The series is produced and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and consists of eight fantasy films, beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). A spin-off prequel series, planned to consist of five films, started with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), marking the beginning of the Wizarding World shared media franchise.

Ali Shahalom

Ali Shahalom

Ali Shahalom, also known by his stage name Ali Official, is an English comedian and television presenter of Bangladeshi descent.

Azim (actor)

Azim (actor)

Azim was a Bangladeshi film actor. He is best known for his role in Rupban (1965) as Rahim Badshah opposite Sujata.

Bibhash Chakraborty

Bibhash Chakraborty

Bibhash Chakraborty is an Indian Bengali actor and theatre personality. He is also a social activist. He is a prolific writer too. He was associated with Paschim Banga Natya Akademi for many years.

Helal Khan

Helal Khan

Helal Khan is a Bangladeshi film actor and producer. His debut film was Priyo Tumi (1995). In his career, he has acted over 50 films. Couple of times Khan received National Film Awards in the year 2002 and 2003.

Islah Abdur-Rahman

Islah Abdur-Rahman

Islah Abdur-Rahman is a British Bangladeshi film director, actor, singer and screenwriter. He is best known for writing, directing and starring in the hit series, the Corner Shop Show and for creating and directing the web series Mandem in the Wall.

Khaled Choudhury

Khaled Choudhury

Khaled Choudhury was a theatre personality and artist of Bengal. He worked for various directors of both Bengali and Hindi plays, including Sombhu Mitra, Tripti Mitra, and Shyamanand Jalan in various capacities — creating the Stage, sets and costumes and later as music director. He was a bachelor. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to theatre in India's Republic Day Honours List on 26 January 2012. He died on 30 April 2014 in Kolkata.

Beauty pageant

Beauty pageant

A beauty pageant is a competition that has traditionally focused on judging and ranking the physical attributes of the contestants. Pageants have now evolved to include inner beauty, with criteria covering judging of personality, intelligence, talent, character, and charitable involvement, through private interviews with judges and answers to public on-stage questions. The term beauty pageant refers originally to the Big Four international beauty pageants.

Bombay Talkies

Bombay Talkies

Bombay Talkies was a movie studio founded in 1934. During its period of operation, Bombay Talkies produced 40 movies in Malad, a suburb of the Indian city of Bombay.

Families

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Abaqati family

Abaqati family

The Abaqati family is a sub-branch of the Jarwal-Kintoor branch of Nishapuri Kazmi-Musavi Sayeds who trace their lineage to the Islamic prophet Muhammad through eldest son of great-grandson of Musa al-Kadhim, he was given jagir in Jarwal-Kintoor by Sultan Muhammad Tughluq, other two were given jagir in Budgam, Kashmir and Sylhet, Bengal.

Maulvi family

Maulvi family

The Maulvi family, better known as the family of Jitu Miah, were a wealthy Bengali Muslim jagirdar family of Maulvis based in Sylhet. They played important religious and political roles in the history of Sylhet, Bengal and the subcontinent. Jitu Miah, the last jagirdar of the family, died in 1925 without leaving behind an heir. However the family estate managed by the local government, continued to be a prominent landmark in the town and a legacy of the family.

Pal family

Pal family

The Pal family are a Bengali aristocratic family who had formerly held lands in what is now Sylhet, Bangladesh.

Sareqaum

Sareqaum

The Sareqaum family are a Bengali Muslim family of the Sylhet Division of Bangladesh. They are best known for their centuries-old role as one of the custodian families of the waqf (estate) of Shah Jalal, a 14th-century Islamic preacher whose name is commonly associated with the spread of Islam in the region. The family is the only known family in Bengal to hold the title of Sar-e-Qaum. Some members of the family have migrated to other parts of the world such as to the United Kingdom - which is known to host a large Bangladeshi diaspora.

Dargah

Dargah

A dargah is a shrine or tomb built over the grave of a revered religious figure, often a Sufi saint or dervish. Sufis often visit the shrine for ziyarat, a term associated with religious visits and "pilgrimages". Dargahs are often associated with Sufi eating and meeting rooms and hostels, called khanqah or hospices. They usually include a mosque, meeting rooms, Islamic religious schools (madrassas), residences for a teacher or caretaker, hospitals, and other buildings for community purposes.

Zamindars of Kanihati

Zamindars of Kanihati

The Zamindars of Kanihati, also known as the Chaudhury family of Kanihati, are a notable zamindar family of the Sylhet region. The family was started with the marriage of a Tripuri princess with Abd al-Malik, the son of Shah Halim ad-Din Narnauli - an Arab Sufi saint and companion of Shah Jalal. The title of Chowdhury was used by the family after it was granted to Nasir ad-Din by the Mughal Empire.

Shah Jalal

Shah Jalal

Jalāl Mujarrad Kunyāʾī, popularly known as Shah Jalal, was a celebrated Sufi figure of Bengal. His name is often associated with the Conquest of Sylhet and the spread of Islam into the region, part of a long history of interactions between the Middle East, Turkestan, and South Asia. Various complexes and religious places have been named after him, including the largest airport in Bangladesh, Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

Journalism

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Altaf Husain

Altaf Husain

Altaf Husain was an educationist, journalist, and Pakistan Movement activist. He is noted as one of the pioneers of print journalism in Pakistan and was the founding editor and the first editor-in-chief of English-language newspaper, Dawn, which he edited for almost twenty years.

Editor-in-chief

Editor-in-chief

An editor-in-chief (EIC), also known as lead editor or chief editor, is a publication's editorial leader who has final responsibility for its operations and policies.

Pakistan

Pakistan

Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a country in South Asia. It is the world's fifth-most populous country, with a population of almost 243 million people, and has the world's second-largest Muslim population just behind Indonesia. Pakistan is the 33rd-largest country in the world by area and 2nd largest in South Asia, spanning 881,913 square kilometres. It has a 1,046-kilometre (650-mile) coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south, and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest, and China to the northeast. It is separated narrowly from Tajikistan by Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor in the north, and also shares a maritime border with Oman. Islamabad is the nation's capital, while Karachi is its largest city and financial centre.

Dawn (newspaper)

Dawn (newspaper)

Dawn is the largest and oldest English-language newspaper in Pakistan and the country's newspaper of record. Dawn is the flagship publication of the Dawn Group of Newspapers, headed by Amber Haroon Saigol, which also owns a radio station, CityFM89, headed by Amber Haroon's daughter, Nazafreen Saigol Lakhani, who is married in Lakhani family, and the advertising marketing and media magazine Aurora.

Hasina Momtaz

Hasina Momtaz

Hasina Momtaz is a British news presenter, media and communications expert and former press officer for the Mayor of London between 2003 and 2011.

Mayor of London

Mayor of London

The mayor of London is the chief executive of the Greater London Authority. The role was created in 2000 after the Greater London devolution referendum in 1998, and was the first directly elected mayor in the United Kingdom.

Hassan Shahriar

Hassan Shahriar

Hassan Shahriar was a Bangladeshi journalist, columnist, and political analyst.

Lenin Gani

Lenin Gani

Lenin Gani was a highly respected Bangladeshi sports journalist. He was the sports editor of New Age, and later Bdnews24.com, and was a senior member of the Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association.

Heroes of the Environment (2009)

Heroes of the Environment (2009)

Heroes of the Environment is a list published in Time magazine. The third list was published in September 2009. It contains 30 entries, individuals or groups, that have contributed substantially to the preservation of environment. It is divided into four categories: Leaders and Visionaries, Activists, Scientists and Innovators, and Moguls and Entrepreneurs.

Goldman Environmental Prize

Goldman Environmental Prize

The Goldman Environmental Prize is a prize awarded annually to grassroots environmental activists, one from each of the world's six geographic regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands and Island Nations, North America, and South and Central America. The award is given by the Goldman Environmental Foundation headquartered in San Francisco, California. It is also called the Green Nobel.

Ramon Magsaysay Award

Ramon Magsaysay Award

The Ramon Magsaysay Award is an annual award established to perpetuate former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay's example of integrity in governance, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society. The prize was established in April 1957 by the trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund based in New York City with the concurrence of the Philippine government. It is often called the "Nobel Peace Prize of Asia".

Al Jazeera English

Al Jazeera English

Al Jazeera English is an international 24-hour English-language news channel owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network, which is owned by the monarchy government of Qatar. It is the first English-language news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East. Instead of being run centrally, news management rotates between broadcasting centres in Doha and London.

Legal

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Abdul Moshabbir

Abdul Moshabbir

Abdul Moshabbir Politician of Habiganj district of Bangladesh, Lawyer And elected a member of parliament from Habiganj-1.

Knight Bachelor

Knight Bachelor

The title of Knight Bachelor is the basic rank granted to a man who has been knighted by the monarch but not inducted as a member of one of the organised orders of chivalry; it is a part of the British honours system. Knights Bachelor are the most ancient sort of British knight, but Knights Bachelor rank below knights of chivalric orders. A man who is knighted is formally addressed as "Sir [First Name] [Surname]" or "Sir [First Name]" and his wife as "Lady [Surname]".

Akhlaq Choudhury

Akhlaq Choudhury

Sir Akhlaq Ur-Rahman Choudhury is a British High Court judge of England and Wales. In 2017, he was made Knight Bachelor on appointment, becoming the first British-Bangladeshi and Muslim to be appointed to the High Court of Justice.

High Court of Justice

High Court of Justice

The High Court of Justice in London, known properly as His Majesty's High Court of Justice in England, together with the Court of Appeal and the Crown Court, are the Senior Courts of England and Wales. Its name is abbreviated as EWHC for legal citation purposes.

Irene Khan

Irene Khan

Irene Zubaida Khan is a Bangladeshi lawyer appointed as of August 2020 to be the United Nations Special Rapporteur for freedom of expression and opinion, the first woman appointed to this mandate. She previously served as the seventh Secretary General of Amnesty International. In 2011, she was elected Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome, an intergovernmental organization that works to promote the rule of law, and sustainable development. She was a consulting editor of The Daily Star in Bangladesh from 2010 to 2011.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is an international non-governmental organization focused on human rights, with its headquarters in the United Kingdom. The organization says it has more than ten million members and supporters around the world. The stated mission of the organization is to campaign for "a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments." The organization has played a notable role on human rights issues due to its frequent citation in media and by world leaders.

International Development Law Organization

International Development Law Organization

The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the promotion of the rule of law.

Khatun Sapnara

Khatun Sapnara

Khatun Sapnara is a Bangladeshi-born British judge. In 2006, she was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court, becoming the first person of Bangladeshi origin in a senior judicial position. In 2014, she was appointed as a Circuit Judge to hear cases in the Crown and Family Court.

Recorder (judge)

Recorder (judge)

A recorder is a judicial officer in England and Wales and some other common law jurisdictions.

Shohid Ali

Shohid Ali

Mohd. Shohid Ali was a Bangladeshi advocate.

Literature

Arun Kumar Chanda on a 2000 stamp of India
Arun Kumar Chanda on a 2000 stamp of India
Hason Raja, a mystical poet and songwriter
Hason Raja, a mystical poet and songwriter

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Arun Kumar Chanda

Arun Kumar Chanda

Arun Kumar Chanda, was an Indian independence activist from Cachar district of Assam..The Government of India issued a stamp in his honour. He was a social worker and writer who also edited the Bengali Weekly Saptak. In Silchar, a law college named A. K. Chanda Law College was established in 1960 in his memory.

Abdur Rouf Choudhury

Abdur Rouf Choudhury

Abdur Rouf Choudhury was a Bengali writer.

Abed Chaudhury

Abed Chaudhury

Abed Chaudhury is an Australian-Bangladeshi scientist, author, and poet living in Australia.

Achyut Charan Choudhury

Achyut Charan Choudhury

Achyut Charan Choudhury was a Bengali writer and historian. Though he wrote several books regarding Vaishnav Hinduism, Choudhury is most well known for his monumental work on the history of the Sylhet region, the Srihatter Itibritta.

Arjumand Ali

Arjumand Ali

Arjumand Ali Chowdhury, better known as simply Arjumand Ali, was a blind Bengali author and poet during the British Raj. The customary style of Bengali literature had historically been through poetry (puthis), with prose literature only emerging in the 19th century. Ali's Premdarpaṇ is the earliest example of a prose novel from Bengal's Muslim community.

Asaddor Ali

Asaddor Ali

Mohammad Asaddor Ali, was a Bangladeshi writer, researcher and historian. His research primarily focused on the history of Sylhet. Due to his achievements, he was awarded the Bangla Academy Literary Award in 2004. His research discovered unknown information about folk literature, and he wrote 19 books relating to it.

Ashraf Hussain

Ashraf Hussain

Munshi Muhammad Ashraf Hussain, was a Bengali poet, researcher and a collector of Sylheti Nagri puthis and folk literature. He was also known for his contribution in the study of the Sylheti Nagri script.

Chowdhury Gulam Akbar

Chowdhury Gulam Akbar

Chowdhury Gulam Akbar was a Bangladeshi writer. He served in the Bangla Academy of Bangladesh as the collector of Bengali folk literature.

Bangla Academy

Bangla Academy

The Bangla Academy is an autonomous institution funded by the Bangladesh government to foster the Bengali language, literature and culture, to develop and implement national language policy and to do original research in the Bengali language. Established in 1955, it is located in Burdwan House in Ramna, Dhaka, within the grounds of the University of Dhaka and Suhrawardy Udyan. The Bangla Academy hosts the annual Ekushey Book Fair.

Dilwar Khan

Dilwar Khan

Dilwar Khan was a Bangladeshi poet. Known as Gono Manusher Kobi, he was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1980 and Ekushey Padak in 2008 by the Government of Bangladesh.

Dwijen Sharma

Dwijen Sharma

Dwijen Sharma was a Bangladeshi naturalist and science writer. He was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1987 and Ekushey Padak in 2015 by the Government of Bangladesh for his contribution in language and literature.

Gurusaday Dutt

Gurusaday Dutt

Gurusaday Dutt (1882–1941) was a civil servant, folklorist, and writer. He was the founder of the Bratachari Movement in the 1930s.

Military

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Anwarul Momen

Anwarul Momen

Anwarul Momen SBP, rcds, psc was a two star rank Bangladesh Army officer. His last appointment was Senior Directing Staff (Army-1) at National Defence College.

17th Infantry Division (Bangladesh)

17th Infantry Division (Bangladesh)

The 17th Infantry Division is a formation of the Bangladesh Army. It was formed as part of the development vision of Bangladesh Armed Forces Forces Goal 2030. It is located in Sylhet Division.

Ashab Uddin (general)

Ashab Uddin (general)

Ashab Uddin is a Retired Major General of Bangladesh Army. He has also served as Bangladesh's ambassador to Kuwait and Yemen.

Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury

Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury

Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury was a Bangladesh Army general who was 11th Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladesh Army from 16 June 2002 to 15 June 2005. He was the last officer to serve in this position who had first been commissioned by and served with the Pakistani Army, before the Liberation War of 1971. He served for two years before the war.

Ismail Faruque Chowdhury

Ismail Faruque Chowdhury

Major General Md. Ismail Faruque Chowdhury is a former engineer-in-chief of the Bangladesh Army.

M. A. G. Osmani

M. A. G. Osmani

Muhammad Ataul Goni Osmani, also known as Bangabir, was a Bengali military leader. Osmani's career spanned five decades, beginning with service in the British Indian Army in 1939. He fought in the Burma Campaign during World War II. After the partition of India in 1947, he joined the Pakistan Army and served in the East Bengal Regiment, retiring as a colonel in 1967. Osmani joined the Provisional Government of Bangladesh in 1971 as the commander-in-chief of the nascent Bangladesh Forces. Regarded as the founder of the Bangladesh Armed Forces, Osmani retired as a four-star general from the Bangladesh Army in 1972.

Commander-in-chief

Commander-in-chief

A commander-in-chief or supreme commander is the person who exercises supreme command and control over an armed force or a military branch. As a technical term, it refers to military competencies that reside in a country's executive leadership, a head of state or a head of government.

Mahbub Ali Khan

Mahbub Ali Khan

Mahbub Ali Khan was a Bangladesh Navy rear admiral and the Chief of Naval Staff from 1979 till his death in 1984. He is known for his heroic actions done for his country. Under him the South Talpatti sandbar and other emerging islands in the Bay of Bengal, over which both India and Bangladesh claimed sovereignty, remained under the authority of Bangladesh. He is also known for bringing down the pirates in the Bay of Bengal and was responsible for maintaining the security of the Bay and the Sundarbans.

Bangladesh Liberation War

Bangladesh Liberation War

The Bangladesh Liberation War was a revolution and armed conflict sparked by the rise of the Bengali nationalist and self-determination movement in East Pakistan, which resulted in the independence of Bangladesh. The war began when the Pakistani military junta based in West Pakistan—under the orders of Yahya Khan—launched Operation Searchlight against the people of East Pakistan on the night of 25 March 1971, initiating the Bangladesh genocide.

Chief of Air Staff (Bangladesh)

Chief of Air Staff (Bangladesh)

The Chief Of Air Staff is the professional head and highest appointment of the Bangladesh Air Force. Only pilots get this post. The appointment is held by a four-star air officer and the current COAS is Air Chief Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan. Prior to 2016, from 2007 the appointment was held by an Air Marshal and from 1972 to 2007 COAS's rank was Air Vice Marshal.

Bangladesh Navy

Bangladesh Navy

The Bangladesh Navy is the naval warfare branch of the Bangladesh Armed Forces, responsible for Bangladesh's 118,813 square kilometres (45,874 sq mi) of maritime territorial area, and the defence of important harbours, military bases and economic zones. The primary role of the Bangladesh Navy is to protect the country's economic and military interests at home and abroad. The Bangladesh navy is also a front line disaster management force in Bangladesh, and participates in humanitarian missions abroad. It is a key regional player in counter terrorism efforts, and engages in global peacekeeping with the United Nations.

Garuda of Gour

Garuda of Gour

Prince Garuda, was a 14th-century Hindu prince and heir apparent of King Govardhan of Gour, he is known for his participation in the Conquest of Sylhet.

Monarchs and rulers

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Gour Kingdom

Gour Kingdom

The Kingdom of Gour was one of the greater of the many petty kingdoms of the medieval Sylhet region. According to legend, it was founded by Gurak, off-shooting from Kamarupa's Jaintia Kingdom in 630. Much of its early history is considered legendary or mythological up until Navagirvana who is mentioned in the Bhatera copper-plate inscriptions. The Kings of Gour are described as patrons of Hindu revivalism in what was previously a predominantly Buddhist and animist populated land.

Madan Rai

Madan Rai

Madan Rai was the penultimate chief minister of medieval Sylhet's Gour Kingdom. He was described to have been very sharp and "shrewd".

Amar Singh (general)

Amar Singh (general)

Amar Singh, was the military general for Raja Upananda of Brahmachal, and later its king.

Jaidev Rai

Jaidev Rai

Jaidev Rai was the Governor of Brahmachal under the Twipra Kingdom.

Gour Govinda

Gour Govinda

Govinda Fenchu, better known by his regnal title Gour Gobind and also known by the sobriquet Shomudro Tonoy, was the 21st and final king of medieval Sylhet's Gour Kingdom. He is described as a very conservative Hindu ruler whose reign started in 1260.

Conquest of Sylhet

Conquest of Sylhet

The Conquest of Sylhet predominantly refers to an Islamic conquest of Srihatta led by Sikandar Khan Ghazi, the military general of Sultan Shamsuddin Firoz Shah of the Lakhnauti Sultanate, against the Hindu king Gour Govinda. The conquest was aided by a Muslim saint known as Shah Jalal, who later ordered his disciples to scatter throughout eastern Bengal and propagate the religion of Islam. The Conquest of Sylhet may also include other minor incidents taking place after Govinda's defeat, such as the capture of nearby Taraf.

Mona Rai

Mona Rai

Manoranjan Rai, or more commonly known as Mona Rai was the final chief minister of medieval Sylhet's Gour Kingdom. He is most known for being named after the highest hill in Sylhet city.

Haydar Ghazi

Haydar Ghazi

Nūr al-Hudā Abū'l-Karāmāt as-Saʿīdī al-Ḥusaynī, better known as Ḥaydar Ghāzī, was the second wazir of Srihat (Sylhet) under the various Sultans of Sonargaon and Lakhnauti. Prior to this, Ghazi took part in the Conquest of Gour in 1303.

Khurshid Khan

Khurshid Khan

Khurshid Khan, was an officer of the Bengal Sultanate, stationed across various locations such as Bihar, Sylhet, Dhaka, North Bengal and Chittagong.

Majlis Alam

Majlis Alam

Majlis Alam, was a minister (Dastur) of Srihat (Sylhet) from 1472 to 1476, during the reign of Shamsuddin Yusuf Shah, the Sultan of Bengal of the Ilyas Shahi dynasty.

Bayazid of Sylhet

Bayazid of Sylhet

Bayazid of Sylhet, also called Bayazid Karrani II, was a ruler in Sylhet during the early 17th century, in what is present-day Bangladesh. A prominent member of the Baro-Bhuiyan, Bayazid led military opposition against the Mughal Empire's expansion into eastern Bengal. His surrender following a sanguineous battle in 1612 ultimately resulted in their annexation of Sylhet.

Baro-Bhuyan

Baro-Bhuyan

The Baro-Bhuyans refers to the confederacies of soldier-landowners in Assam and Bengal in the late Middle Ages and the early modern period. The confederacies consisted of loosely independent entities, each led by a warrior chief or a landlord (zamindars). The tradition of Baro-Bhuyan is peculiar to both Assam and Bengal and differ from the tradition of Bhuihar of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar—in Assam this phenomenon came into prominence in the 13th century when they resisted the invasion of Ghiyasuddin Iwaj Shah and in Bengal when they resisted Mughal rule in the 16th century.

Music and dance

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Alaur Rahman

Alaur Rahman

Alaur Rahman is a Bangladeshi-born British singer.

Amina Khayyam

Amina Khayyam

Amina Khayyam is a Bangladeshi-born British dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. She is acclaimed for her progressive work within Kathak's intricate and detailed theatrical movements of abhinaya.

Bidit Lal Das

Bidit Lal Das

Bidit Lal Das was a Bangladeshi folk singer and composer. He composed notable Bengali folk songs including "Shadher Lau Banailo Morey Boiragi", "Kare Dekhabo Moner Dukkho Go Ami Buk Chiria", "Sylhet Prothom Ajan Dhoni Babai Diachhey", "Pran Kande More Mon Kande Ray" and "Moriley Kandishna Amar Dai". He was an artiste of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra.

Debojit Saha

Debojit Saha

Debojit Saha is an Indian playback singer and performer mainly active in Hindi, Bengali and Assamese language films. Saha was the winner of Zee TV singing reality show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 and was awarded the 'Voice of India' title. He was an anchor for singing reality show Zee Bangla SaReGaMaPa in the year 2006, 2007 and 2008 and he was also a celebrity contestant on Bigg Boss 2 in 2008 hosted by Shilpa Shetty. Debojit was seen as one of the Grand Juries for Zee TV SaReGaMaPa Lil Champs 2017. The theme song of the "Namami Barak" Festival has been composed and conceptualized by Debojit Saha held on 17 to 19 November 2017 at Silchar, Assam, India

Gouri Choudhury

Gouri Choudhury

Gouri Choudhury is a Bangladeshi-born British singer and music teacher.

Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya

Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya

Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya was an Indian folk singer and researcher. He was born and raised in Silchar, Assam. He went on to study comparative literature at Jadavpur University. His musical inspiration was his uncle Ananta Bhattacharya. In 1999, he co-founded the band Dohar with the intent to revive the folk music tradition of Northern and Eastern Bengal. He also contributed music to a number of movies. His last movie was Bhuban Majhi (2017). He was associated with the popular Zee Bangla Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, a renowned Bengali music reality show. His last concert was in the Baguihati Krishi Mela.

Mumzy Stranger

Mumzy Stranger

Muhammad Mumith Ahmed, known professionally as Mumzy Stranger or his producing name SP, is a British rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He made his mainstream recording debut in the summer of 2009 with his debut single "One More Dance" along with follow-up single, "Showgirl". The following year, he released Fly with Me which is the lead single from his debut album, Journey Begins.

Radharaman Dutta

Radharaman Dutta

Radharaman Dutta, also spelt as Radha Raman Dutta, was an influential Bengali musician and poet. A prominent member of the Bauls, Dutta's body of work has led him to be considered as the "Father of Dhamal songs", and Radharaman's Songs are widely covered by contemporary Bengali musicians and lyricist.

Dhamail

Dhamail

Dhamal, better known as dhamail, is a form of folk music and dance prevalent in the Mymensingh and Sylhet regions of northeastern Bengal, in present-day Bangladesh and eastern India.

Ramkanai Das

Ramkanai Das

Ramkanai Das was a Bangladeshi folk and classical musician. He was awarded Ekushey Padak by the Government of Bangladesh in 2014.

Rowshanara Moni

Rowshanara Moni

Rowshanara Moni is a Bangladeshi-born British singer and actress.

Runa Laila

Runa Laila

Runa Laila is a Bangladeshi playback singer and composer. She started her career in Pakistan film industry in the late 1960s. Her style of singing is inspired by Pakistani playback singer Ahmed Rushdi and she also made a pair with him after replacing another singer Mala. Her playback singing in films – The Rain (1976), Jadur Banshi (1977), Accident (1989), Ontore Ontore (1994), Devdas (2013) and Priya Tumi Shukhi Hou (2014) - earned her seven Bangladesh National Film Awards for Best Female Playback Singer. She won the Best Music Composer award for the film Ekti Cinemar Golpo (2018).

Politics and government

Bangladesh

Mukhlesur Rahman Chowdhury was a former adviser to President Iajuddin Ahmed  during the Caretaker Government.
Mukhlesur Rahman Chowdhury was a former adviser to President Iajuddin Ahmed during the Caretaker Government.
Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury served as Secretary to the Govt. of Bangladesh for nearly a decade in the Ministries of Food, Statistics, Power Energy & Mineral Resources and Planning.
Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury served as Secretary to the Govt. of Bangladesh for nearly a decade in the Ministries of Food, Statistics, Power Energy & Mineral Resources and Planning.
J. R. Mudassir Husain served as Chief Justice from 2004 to 2007.
J. R. Mudassir Husain served as Chief Justice from 2004 to 2007.
Syed Abdul Majid was a very notable pioneer in the native tea industry.
Syed Abdul Majid was a very notable pioneer in the native tea industry.
Mahmud Ali demanded the recognition of Bengali as a national language of Pakistan.
Mahmud Ali demanded the recognition of Bengali as a national language of Pakistan.
Lala Lajpat Rai of Punjab, Bal Gangadhar Tilak of Maharashtra, and Bipin Chandra Pal of Bengal, the triumvirate were popularly known as Lal Bal Pal, changed the political discourse of the Indian independence movement.
Lala Lajpat Rai of Punjab, Bal Gangadhar Tilak of Maharashtra, and Bipin Chandra Pal of Bengal, the triumvirate were popularly known as Lal Bal Pal, changed the political discourse of the Indian independence movement.

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Anwar Choudhury was the first non-white British person to be appointed in a senior diplomatic post.
Anwar Choudhury was the first non-white British person to be appointed in a senior diplomatic post.

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Iajuddin Ahmed

Iajuddin Ahmed

Iajuddin Ahmed was the President of Bangladesh, serving from 6 September 2002 until 12 February 2009. From late October 2006 to January 2007, he also served as Chief Advisor of the caretaker government. From October 2006 to early 2008, his responsibilities as president included the Defense Ministry of the caretaker government.

Caretaker government of Bangladesh

Caretaker government of Bangladesh

The Caretaker Government of Bangladesh was a form of government in which Bangladesh used to be ruled by a selected government for an interim period during the transition from one elected government to another, after the completion of tenure of the former, during the period between 1996 and 2008. The outgoing elected government used to hand over its power to the nonelected nonpartisan caretaker government (CTG).

J. R. Mudassir Husain

J. R. Mudassir Husain

Syed J. R. Mudassir Husain is a Bangladeshi jurist who served as the 14th Chief Justice of Bangladesh during 2004–2007.

Mahmud Ali (statesman)

Mahmud Ali (statesman)

Mahmud Ali was a progressive leftist Pakistani politician known for his agrarian politics. He was part of the Freedom Movement and played an important role during the Sylhet referendum which led to its merger with East Bengal. As member of Pakistan's Second Constituent Assembly he demanded the recognition of Bengali as one of the national languages of Pakistan and advocated the cause through his newspaper, the Nao Belal. He strongly opposed the 'One Unit' scheme and voted against the merger in 1956. After the dissolution of the assembly and abrogation of the 1956 Constitution he worked towards the restoration of provinces and a parliamentary form of government based on adult franchise.

Lala Lajpat Rai

Lala Lajpat Rai

Lala Lajpat Rai was an Indian author, freedom fighter, and politician. He played a vital role in the Indian Independence movement. He was popularly known as Punjab Kesari. He was one of the three members of the Lal Bal Pal trimurti. He was also associated with activities of Punjab National Bank and Lakshmi Insurance Company in their early stages in 1894. He died of a heart attack few weeks after sustaining severe injuries during a baton charge by police when he led a peaceful protest march against the all-British Simon Commission Indian constitutional reform.

Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Bal Gangadhar Tilak, endeared as Lokmanya, was an Indian nationalist, teacher, and an independence activist. He was one third of the Lal Bal Pal triumvirate. Tilak was the first leader of the Indian independence movement. The British colonial authorities called him "The father of the Indian unrest". He was also conferred with the title of "Lokmanya", which means "accepted by the people as their leader". Mahatma Gandhi called him "The Maker of Modern India".

Maharashtra

Maharashtra

Maharashtra is a state in the western peninsular region of India occupying a substantial portion of the Deccan Plateau. Maharashtra is the second-most populous state in India and the second-most populous country subdivision globally. It was formed on 1 May 1960 by splitting the bilingual Bombay State, which had existed since 1956, into majority Marathi-speaking Maharashtra and Gujarati-speaking Gujarat. Maharashtra is home to the Marathi people, the predominant ethno-linguistic group, who speak the Marathi language, the official language of the state. The state is divided into 6 divisions and 36 districts, with the state capital being Mumbai, the most populous urban area in India, and Nagpur serving as the winter capital, which also hosts the winter session of the state legislature. Godavari and Krishna are the two major rivers in the state. Forests cover 16.47 per cent of the state's geographical area. Out of the total cultivable land in the state, about 60 per cent is used for grain crops in the Deccan region, rice in coastal Konkan, and other high rainfall areas.

Bipin Chandra Pal

Bipin Chandra Pal

Bipin Chandra Pal was an Indian nationalist, writer, orator, social reformer and Indian independence movement freedom fighter. He was one third of the “Lal Bal Pal” trio. Pal was one of the main architects of the Swadeshi movement along with Sri Aurobindo. He also opposed the partition of Bengal by the British colonial government.

Bengal

Bengal

Bengal is a geopolitical, cultural and historical region in South Asia, specifically in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent at the apex of the Bay of Bengal, predominantly covering present-day Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal. Geographically, it consists of the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta system, the largest river delta in the world and a section of the Himalayas up to Nepal and Bhutan. Dense woodlands, including hilly rainforests, cover Bengal's northern and eastern areas, while an elevated forested plateau covers its central area; the highest point 3,636 metres (11,929 ft) is at Sandakphu. In the littoral southwest are the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest. The region has a monsoon climate, which the Bengali calendar divides into six seasons.

Indian independence movement

Indian independence movement

The Indian independence movement was a series of historic events with the ultimate aim of ending British rule in India. It lasted from 1857 to 1947.

Ariful Haque Choudhury

Ariful Haque Choudhury

Ariful Haque Choudhury is a Bangladesh Nationalist Party politician and the current mayor of Sylhet. Choudhury is also an executive member of Bangladesh Nationalist Party. In 2003, he was elected as commissioner of Sylhet City Corporation. He become Mayor for consecutive 2 terms since 2013.

Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran

Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran

Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran was a Bangladeshi politician and the first mayor of Sylhet City, a role he was elected to twice. In 2013, he lost to Ariful Haque Choudhury by nearly 3,000 votes. He was also a member on the standing Committee of Awami League. He died on 15 June 2020, from COVID-19 at the age of 69.

Religion and spirituality

Islam

Ajmal Masroor was nominated for the Religious Advocate of the Year award at the 2013 & 2015 British Muslim Awards.
Ajmal Masroor was nominated for the Religious Advocate of the Year award at the 2013 & 2015 British Muslim Awards.
Zohurul Hoque has translated the entire Qur'an into the Bengali, Assamese and English languages.
Zohurul Hoque has translated the entire Qur'an into the Bengali, Assamese and English languages.

Shah Jalal's disciples

Other

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Ajmal Masroor

Ajmal Masroor

Ajmal Masroor is a Bangladeshi-born British imam, broadcaster and politician. He is well known for being a television presenter on political discussions and on Muslim channels.

British Muslim Awards

British Muslim Awards

The British Muslim Awards are an annual award ceremony that honours the success and achievements of British Muslim individuals, groups and businesses. It was established in 2013.

Abdul Latif Chowdhury Fultali

Abdul Latif Chowdhury Fultali

Abdul Latif Chowdhury, widely known as Saheb Qiblah Fultali, was a Bangladeshi Sufi Islamic scholar and theologian who is the founder of the Fultali movement.

Abdul Momin Imambari

Abdul Momin Imambari

Abdul Momin Shaykh-e-Imambari was a Bangladeshi Islamic scholar, teacher and politician. He was a former president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Bangladesh.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Bangladesh

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Bangladesh

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Bangladesh is a Bangladeshi Islamist Party registered with Bangladesh Election Commission. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Bangladesh was a member of the Islamist 20-Party alliance. It was a member of Islami Oikya Jote and which it left in 2008.

Abdul Matin Chowdhury (scholar)

Abdul Matin Chowdhury (scholar)

Abdul Matin Chowdhury, popularly known as Shaikh-e-Fulbari, was a Bengali religious scholar and political activist. A disciple of Hussain Ahmed Madani, he later gained his own following and was politically involved during the partition of India and independence of Bangladesh.

Abuhena Saifulislam

Abuhena Saifulislam

Commander Abuhena Saifulislam or Abu Hena Saiful Islam,, is a Bangladeshi-American who is the first Muslim naval officer appointed as an imam chaplain serving with units in the Marine Corps.

Imam

Imam

Imam is an Islamic leadership position. For Sunni Muslims, Imam is most commonly used as the title of a worship leader of a mosque. In this context, imams may lead Islamic worship services, lead prayers, serve as community leaders, and provide religious guidance. Thus for Sunnis, anyone can study the basic Islamic sciences and become an Imam.

Ali Sher Bengali

Ali Sher Bengali

Shaykh ʿAli Sher Bangālī was a 16th-century Bengali author, teacher and Sufi pir of the Shattari order. He was one of the three khalifahs (successors) of Muhammad Ghawth Shattari.

Farid Uddin Chowdhury

Farid Uddin Chowdhury

Farid Uddin Chowdhury is a teacher, politician and businessman. He was the former Member of Parliament for the Sylhet-5 constituency from 2001 to 2008, representing the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party.

Ibrahim Ali Tashna

Ibrahim Ali Tashna

Shāh Muḥammad Ibrāhīm ʿAlī was a Bengali Islamic scholar, poet and activist of the Khilafat Movement. He wrote poetry in the Bengali, Urdu and Persian languages under the pen name of Tashna. His magnum opus Agnikuṇḍa is a compilation of his writings during his imprisonment.

Ibrahim Danishmand

Ibrahim Danishmand

Syed Ibrāhīm Dānishmand was a 16th-century zamindar and Islamic scholar who belonged to the Qadiriyya Sufi order. Well respected during his lifetime, Danishmand was considered an expert in several Islamic and secular subjects. He is believed to be among the first of the Qadiriyya order to have operated and preached in Bengal.

Sports

Bangladesh

Cricket

Football

Hamza Choudhury playing in a Premier League match on 12 May 2019
Hamza Choudhury playing in a Premier League match on 12 May 2019

Other

India

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Abul Hasan (cricketer)

Abul Hasan (cricketer)

Abul Hasan is a Bangladeshi cricketer. He is a bowling allrounder. He is a right-arm medium-fast bowler and a robust left-handed lower-order batsman.

A. K. M. Mahmood

A. K. M. Mahmood

A. K. M. Mahmood is a first-class and List A cricketer from Bangladesh. He was born in Sylhet, Chittagong and is sometimes known by his nickname Imon. A specialist wicket keeper, he had little success with the bat when he played for Sylhet Division between 2000 and 2003 but took 37 catches in all forms of the game.

Ahmed Sadequr

Ahmed Sadequr

Ahmed Sadequr is a Bangladeshi first-class cricketer who plays for Sylhet Division.

Alok Kapali

Alok Kapali

Alok Kapali is a Bangladeshi cricketer. He is an allrounder who bats in the middle to lower order and bowls leg spin. He was the first Bangladeshi to take a Test hat-trick.

Bangladesh national cricket team

Bangladesh national cricket team

The Bangladesh men's national cricket team, popularly known as The Tigers, is administered by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). It is a Full Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test, One-Day International (ODI) and T20 International (T20I) status. It played its first Test match in November 2000 against India with a 9 wicket loss in Dhaka, becoming the tenth Test-playing nation.

Ardhendu Das

Ardhendu Das

Ardhendu Das was an Indian cricketer. He played five first-class matches for Bengal between 1934 and 1942.

Bengal cricket team

Bengal cricket team

The Bengal cricket team represents the Indian state of West Bengal in domestic first-class cricket. It is considered Eastern India's strongest cricket team. The team plays its home matches at the historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Bengal has won two Ranji Trophy victories and has been runner-up a total of 12 times.

Ebadot Hossain

Ebadot Hossain

Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury is a Bangladeshi cricketer. He made his international debut for the Bangladesh cricket team in February 2019. He is also an active soldier of Bangladesh Air Force.

Hasibul Hossain

Hasibul Hossain

Mohammad Hasibul Hossain, known as Hasibul Hossain, played five Tests (2000–01) and 32 One-Day Internationals (1995–2004) for Bangladesh.

Henry Plowden

Henry Plowden

Sir Henry Meredyth Chichele Plowden was a British barrister, judge, and first-class cricketer. Plowden was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm roundarm off break. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge.

Imtiaz Hossain

Imtiaz Hossain

Imtiaz Hossain is a first-class and List A cricketer from Bangladesh.

Nasirul Alam

Nasirul Alam

Nasirul Alam is a Bangladeshi first-class cricketer who played for Sylhet Division.

Fictional characters

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Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife is a BBC period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the late 1950s and 1960s. The principal cast of the show has included Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Helen George, Bryony Hannah, Laura Main, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt, Cliff Parisi, Stephen McGann, Ben Caplan, Daniel Laurie, Emerald Fennell, Victoria Yeates, Jack Ashton, Linda Bassett, Charlotte Ritchie, Kate Lamb, Jennifer Kirby, Annabelle Apsion and Leonie Elliott.

Badman (web series)

Badman (web series)

Badman is a British comedy drama web series that premiered on YouTube in October 2015. It has since had 12 episodes, Ten with the first series, and two thus far into the second series, as of 29 October 2020. The series is created by Humza Arshad and consists of continuous episodes uploaded on his YouTube channel Humza Productions, following the next chapter in the Diary of a Badman world. Humza is now maturing from boy to man, and takes himself down a path of darkness, but learns life's most important lessons on his journey to the light.

Nina Wadia

Nina Wadia

Nina Wadia is a British actress and comedian. She is known for portraying Zainab Masood in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, Mrs Hussein in the BBC comedy Still Open All Hours, and for starring in the BBC Two sketch show Goodness Gracious Me. Additionally, Wadia appeared in the Hindi-language romantic comedy Namaste London in 2007. She also appeared in the series Origin in 2018.

Corner Shop Show

Corner Shop Show

Corner Shop Show is a British comedy drama web series that premiered on YouTube in March 2014. The series is created by Islah Abdur-Rahman and consists of continuous episodes uploaded on his YouTube channel CornerShopShow, following the adventures of a young man's transition to fill his father's shoes after becoming the custodian of the family business.

Islah Abdur-Rahman

Islah Abdur-Rahman

Islah Abdur-Rahman is a British Bangladeshi film director, actor, singer and screenwriter. He is best known for writing, directing and starring in the hit series, the Corner Shop Show and for creating and directing the web series Mandem in the Wall.

Source: "List of people from Sylhet", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 28th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_Sylhet.

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