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“Sultan Ahmed | A-Versatile-Personality”

In Loving Memory (6 June 1953 to 4 Sept. 2017)

The prominent minority face of Indian politics from All India Trinamool CongressSultan Ahmed had left us for heavenly abode on 4th September of 2017 in Kolkata.. Ahmed,s death was a personal loss to the many people across the country . He had left behind pleasant memories of humility, brotherhood and courage.-
On this anniversary of a versatile leader Late Sultan Ahmed I remember and feel the grief of losing himall over again. I can’t imagine how much more difficult it must be for me But I also recall the many times he made me fortunate that still my heart goes on loving rememorise of him proudly on this very challenging days.
A philanthropist, sports promoter, politician, and former Union Minister of State in Government of India, Sultan Ahmed was a prominent Indian politician from West Bengal. He was representing Uluberia Parliamentary Constituency (Howrah) West Bengal for the second term in the Sixteenth Lok Sabha.
Born in 1953, Ahmed obtained his education from Calcutta University and at the young age of 32 he became the Chairman of Borough VI Kolkata Municipal Corporation, while being the councilor. He had joined ChartaParishad (student wing of INC) while studying at Maulana Azad College. He was District Secretary of Youth Congress in 1978 - 80. He was elected twice to West Bengal Legislative Assembly in 1987 and in 1996 while being in Indian National Congress.
On the issue of FDI in retail, when MamataBanerjee break away from Congress in 1997, Sultan Ahmed also left the congress to become the founding member of All India Trinamool Congress. He was member of the working committee and also the National Vice President of All India Trinamool Congress.
He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Uluberia Parliamentary Constituency in 2009 and also reelected in 2014. He was Union Minister of State Tourism in the council of Ministers of Dr. Manmohan Singh during the UPA-II Government. During his tenure many tourist circuits were developed, such of these in West Bengal Plassey, Barrackpore, Siliguri, Gadara in his Parliamentary Constituency and introduction of Eco-tourism across many parts of the country.
He was member of the two very important committees namely, Consultative Committee on Defence and Standing Committee of External Affairs. During his second term, he was nominated to the Committee of Estimates and to the Standing Committee of Commerce. He was also Member of Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water. In 2015, he was appointed as member on the subcommittee for the Ease of Doing Business. In 2016 he was elected as the Vice-President of the Haj Committee of India Which was a statuary body of Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, headquartered at Mumbai.
Sultan Ahmed is also contributing to the development of his state. His role in the development of the minorities in the state is acknowledged by all. He has played an active role while brought in the Chief Ministers Advisory Committee of Minority Affairs and Madrasa Education. He is also the Chairman of the West Bengal Minority Development and Financial Corporation. Here it is noteworthy to mention that state of West Bengal is maintaining its top slot in grants and utilization of funds from the Central nodal agency, National Minority Finance Development Corporation. He also takes active interest in promotion of Urdu language and was also member of the Executive Committee of West Bengal Urdu Academy.
His services to the community are often shadowed because of his political persona. From an early life he has been working for upliftment of disadvantaged sections of society. His work for strengthening brotherhood among communities is recognized across the state. He was member of the All India Muslim personal Law Board and elected member of the national executive of the All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat. His local commitments comprise of being President of Calcutta Muslim Orphanage, Kolkata, Honorary General Secretary of Islamia Hospital, Kolkata, President of Milli Al Ameen College for girls, Kolkata and Chairman, Board of trustee, Anand Niketan, Howrah.
He had deep sense for promotion of sports. His work had been president of Paralympic Committee of India. He was member of the working Committee, Cricket Association of West Bengal, Vice President of West Bengal Athletic Association and President of Paralympic committee of West Bengal. His contribution to promotion to sports would be incomplete if Mohammedan Sporting is not mentioned. He has served its Secretary and lateron serving as the president of the prestigious Mohammedan Sporting Club, Kolkata, which was completing its 125 years.
Mr. Ahmed has travelled extensively in India and abroad. He has been to USA, UK, KSA, Brunei Europe, Middle East as well as SAARC countries.
Sultan Ahmed is blessed with two obedient sons Dr Taha Ahmed who is a renowned orthopaedicsin Corporate Hospital in Kolkata younger son Mr Shrique Ahmed looking after family businesses and stars his carrier as new entrepreneur and associated with socio organizations
In a sudden he passed away on 4th September 2017 in his Kolkata residence. His generous work for the downtrend people of the society and nationwide repute and massive fame in his parliamentary constituency Uluberia where he had been called as ULUBERIAR SULTAN , his relation to the grass root and vision for the development of society and upliftment of the underprivileged will always be remembered.
Mr Ahmed who died in 2017 at age of 63, did indeed leave an enviable legacy. As uttering in Uluberia he was “an inspiring and challenging leader in helping the development of the Uluberia ,
I do agree that leaving a positive impact on the society and others is more memorable than the other tangible objects one has to one’s name? After his demise AITC party supremo Ms Mamata Banerjee picked his wife Smt Sajda Ahmed as AITC Lok Sabha candidate for the bye election of 16th Loksabha . Alumnni of Kolkata University Ms Ahmed own the bye election by a huge margin of 5 Lakh votes. She again re elected from the same constituency for 2nd term for 17thLoksabha .

“ What things are you doing or working toward now that are helping to shape the legacy you want to leave “the huge victory of Ms ahmed indicated the same in context the of Sultan Ahmed;s legacy.

The residence of Sultan ahmed in Kolkata is at the stone throughing distance from the great place of Saint Mother Teresa, I concluded with the verse of Mother Teresa“Death is nothing else but going home to God,the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.