Dhaka Mayoral Candidate Irad Ahmed Siddiky seeks DNF Endorsement

July 26, 2008

Dear Friends and Members of the Dhaka Nawab Family,

The Nawab family of Dhaka was very close to our family. My Great-grandfather, Khan Bahadur Kazimuddin Ahmed Siddiky, the Zamindar of Baliadi, was a close friend of Nawab Sir Salimullah and they led the deputation to Lord Hardinge for the founding of the Dhaka University.

Nawab Hasan Askari was a contemporary of my father and Nawab Habibullah was a contemporary of my Grandfather. I have heard from my father about the graveyard of Nawab Sir Salimullah in Begum Bazar and if I am elected the Mayor of Dhaka, Inshallah I will make sure that it is declared and maintained as a landmark of our city.

I appeal to your community and the Dhaka Nawab family to vote for me for Mayor in the forthcoming elections.

               Best Wishes,
               Chowdhury Irad Ahmed Siddiky

Letter forwarded by Khwaja Anas Nasarullah

38 Responses to “Dhaka Mayoral Candidate Irad Ahmed Siddiky seeks DNF Endorsement”

  1. Khawja Waqar Azim Says:

    Thanks for your good compliment for our family.
    I and my family will vote for you.

    Khawja Waqar Azim

  2. Mohd Talha Says:

    listen what u gona do for the family i dont care ok but what you did previously count most so dont beg for votes the judgements will be on your good deeds ok not the deeds you gona do near future
    take care
    wish you all da luck
    and dont worry we are with you

  3. Iftekhar Hassan Says:

    Talha Beta,,

    There is a saying that “Good taste can not be learn at school” and Tehzib is part of culture and culture is training of mind toward better taste and manner.

    In any open forum like this one. One must reflect their quality by way of manner they use to debate issues. Kingdom may be lost but the quality of King must reflect that he was indeed a King.

    Be kind and nice in your words to Mr. Chowdhury Irad Ahmed Siddiky, as he was very kind on his post.

    You are doing a great job!


  4. Khawja Waqar Azim Says:

    Iftekhar Bhai,

    Your words are good lesson for our new generation.

    Khawja Waqar Azim

  5. Mohd Talha Says:

    I am really sorry with my words. I am really frustrated with the way this site is going. I have no interest of being everyone’s cup of tea. When other family members confront me on this site and utter rubbish about me and my family where have you been? Sir I hate hypocrisy and double faced people and I don’t afraid to say what seems right to me. My family cares for Nawab Bari not for any ill interest. Sometimes words come out of frustration. I am really sorry. I always look forward for encouragements but no one really seems to care.

  6. Khawja Waqar Azim Says:

    Talha this is your greatness thats you say sorry.
    Don’t be upset take it easy.

    Khawja Waqar Azim

  7. Rushu Says:

    In my point of view Gupshup is the life example which show you how Nawba Barians correspondent each other, if you go through u find full of courtesy, Adab tehzeeb are there.

    But when we found the difference from above then it’s really hearts us

    Yes there is no doubt Talha has take initiative & posted news & views
    I believe he try to do that best of his ability but some time he can not control his word that is why his lack maturity reflect .& that is embarrassing to general site viewers

    In my point of view this is the high time of DNF site member to re think about above.


  8. Khawja Waqar Azim Says:

    That’s true due to our nice adab and tehzeeb the outsiders respect us.

    Khawja Waqar Azim

  9. Iftekhar Hassan Says:

    My Dear Talha,

    Here is one of my all time favorite poetry dedicated to young star like you, as you move forward toward thorny road of life Always remember this poetry:-


    People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;
    Forgive them anyway.

    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.

    If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some genuine enemies; Succeed anyway.

    If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you;
    Be honest and sincere anyway.

    What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.

    If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous;
    Be happy anyway.

    The good you do today, will often be forgotten tomorrow;
    Do good anyway.

    Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world your best anyway.

    You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
    It was never between you and them anyway.


  10. Anas Nasarullah Says:

    Talha’s reaction is understandable and is expected… but before you take Irad in consideration and compare Irad with the typical bangladeshi politicians heres Irad’s educational background as found on his profile:

    Education Info

    Grad Schools:

    * George Mason
    * Economics

    * University of Maryland, College Park
    * Economics


    * Stony Brook University, State University of New York
    * Mathematics, Economics, History.

    * Michigan Flint
    * Mathematics, Economics

    * Iowa
    * Economics, Mathematics

    High Schools:

    * St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling.

    * St. Joseph’s High School, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  11. Anas Nasarullah Says:

    Nice Poem @ Iftekhar Hassan 🙂

  12. Khawja Waqar Azim Says:

    Nice Poem Iftekhar bhai.

    Khawja Waqar Azim

  13. Khawja Moshahed Says:

    Nice poem it will encourage us a lot.Thanks to the writer.Hope u write some more nice things for our encouragement and publish in gupshup.

  14. Belal Says:


    It would be good to know what Chowdhury Irad Ahmed Siddiky’s background is before endorsing him.

    Kindly ask him to send us a copy of his CV.
    Being the Mayor of Dhaka is a tough job. We should know who we are endorsing.

    His letter apparently says nothing about him other than ‘Pidram Sultan Boot !’. [ My father, Sultan Boot ! — My forefathers were great leaders ! ]

    Although Talha was outspoken for his age, public figures, should always be open to criticism (both negative and positive).

    – Belal

  15. Mohd Talha Says:

    lol big time man we are hear to support this guy Irad Ahmed Siddiky but went busy with our Tameez and Tahazeeb and Encouragement well Sir this guy post this letter to so that we could support him winning the election so let concentrate on helping this guy
    we are really crazy
    Take care

  16. Iftekhar Hassan Says:

    I love these sort of open debate and discussion among our youngster that foster independent thinking. I agree with Belal, elected public figures (including high government officials answering to elected officials) are indeed subject to all sort of open scrutiny, debate, questions and they must answer to people or people’s representative, that they suppose to serve.

    Unfortunately, Bangladesh inherited a system of “OLD” British Raj or crown system from Pakistan. In the old days public officials and or bureaucracy were responsible to answer to the crown instead of people. Pakistan and than Bangladesh never tried to reform this old system seriously due to constant military intervention into the civilian affairs with the help from utterly corrupt bureaucracy` and politicians of both country. Adding insult to injuries were so-called elite families of west Pakistan (now Pakistan).

    Open society, open discussion and debate are the cornerstone of American bill of right also known as first amendment to the constitution. British magnacarta heavily influence this issue of freedom to speak and express from fear of persecution. Sadly, British change their system fro crown to people but we kept the old British system intact and it is now embedded in our political thinking.

    We must now all remember, whoever stop you from speaking freely your mind is not only your enemy but enemy of the people too. But do it in a civil manner with logic.

    Long live freedom to speak !


  17. Anas Nasarullah Says:

    Belal bhai,

    you’ll find that I already posted his educational info above… which actually includes his work info as well…

    and here is wat he has to say from his profile:

    My life has been spent in greater or less communion with five centers of higher learning, as that term, often loosely, is used. Two of these, George Mason and the University of Maryland — my postgraduate universities – engaged my attention to doctoral Economics. Three, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa, I greatly loved for my undergraduate education in Mathematics and History. In all five universities my intellectual horizon was radically broadened.

  18. Iftekhar Hassan Says:

    Mr. Anas Nasarullah,

    Kindly guide us with a link to Mr. Chowdhury Irad Ahmed Siddiky’s profile or website, if possible. He sound very educated and capable. All benefit of doubt be extended to him at this stage. Maybe, this gentleman will be our ” CHANGES WE CAN BELIEVE IN” for Dhaka.

    Time is now that Dhakavasi put a strong person as MAYOR/NOGORPAL to run Dhaka Municipality with solid planning. A genuine leader is needed. Someone need to save Dhaka. My beautiful Dhaka is now hellhole of the world.

    The young generation may not remember, I saw it from my own eyes during early 1960s when street of Dhaka city used to be wash down using water truck after sweepers had swept the street of Dhaka’s main streets clean.

    Dhaka urgently need a massive waste treatment plant to take care of human waste of some 10 million. Dhaka need to relocate Hazaribags leather tanneries that dumps deadly carcinogen, bacteria, enzymes, synthetic dyes, pigments and chemicals into Buriganga river system. Dhaka need to relocate Central Jail from old city to Savar or someplace else. This area should be a park and play ground for old Dhakavasi. As a matter of fact Old Dhaka needs a number of parks for childrens and adult.

    Many years ago I saw a part of the British plan
    Buriganga River width from Ghani Mia’s Haat to Fatullah should be shorten to no more than 600 foot. A total land area of 12 sq.km can be reclaim on the both side of the river. It is here Parks, schools, colleges, stadiums, play grounds, and all kinds of trees be planted. Some government building can also be relocated on the both side of the river.

    Dhaka need a lots of work and we sure need a strong NOGORPAL, who is capable of telling the government to shut-up and stop interfering on city’s affair, which is none of their business.

    This reminds me of our great and strong Murhoom GOR NANA. An employee of Dhaka Municipality. When he used to get angry at the sweepers as he used to yell and screem at them ” SALA KAAM KORBI NA? REPORT KORIYA DEMU” lol

    Good luck new Mayor


  19. Belal Says:

    Thanks. Irad seems to be an interesting chap, someone worth endorsing. What about the other candidates?
    – Belal bhai

  20. Khawja waqar Azim Says:

    Anas Nasarullah,

    We should work siriously for Mr. Irad Ahmed.
    We are missing good family’s person since a decade.
    Good family’s person should come forward for the betterment of the people.

    Khawja Waqar Azim
    Cell # 01711-863028
    Res tel # 8802-9672803

  21. Khawja Waqar Azim Says:


    Thanks for your sms short while ago.
    My email is waqar@siriusbb.com

    Khawja Waqar Azim

  22. Chowdhury Irad Ahmed Siddiky Says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am running on a promise of rebirth of our national purpose. I have compelling ideas and programs that address the fears eating at the soul of our city and our nation. As a candidate for the Mayor of Dhaka, I am committed to a government that will embody the will of the people formed through the public reasoning of citizens. I appreciate the seriousness of the electorate of Dhaka in choosing their Mayor and I hope to serve you to the very best of my abilities if I am elected the Mayor. Please convey my best wishes to all members of the Dhaka Nawab family. It was very nice to know Anas recently.

    I welcome you to visit the following link to learn more about me and my work.


    Sincerely yours,

    Chowdhury Irad Ahmed Siddiky
    Candidate for the Mayor of Dhaka, 2008.

  23. Iftekhar Hassan Says:

    Dear Nogorpal/Mayor Candidate Siddiky,

    Thanks for posting link to your facebook page. However, your profile does not say much about your education, experience and the quality of leadership that you may offer.

    What year did you obtain/completed your undergraduate and graduate degree. I am talking about your “ESNATOK COPADHIK” degree. Did you really completed your PHd. Where you ever on dean list? PHI BETA KAPPA? WHO IS WHO IN AMERICAN COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY? Any outstanding awards received as an outstanding student from any University? Please do put all that on your profile. That should help you.

    What are the work or business experience you have? Do provide some specific references of success stories or even some unsuccessful ventures. That showed you tried and gain some solid experience even from failure. Your planning and management and communication quality need to be understood by the voters.

    Sometime certain failures can be seen as a positive sign (actually it shows a persons enterprising and creativity quality) This shows person is not afraid of making bold moves. Most leaders must have this quality.

    Right now we do not know much about you. Family background alone is not the qualification to become a Dhaka’s Nogorpal/Mayor,

    Good luck to you and believe us to remain, dear sir,


    Iftekhar Hassan


    ” Discussion foster independent thinking”

  24. Khawja Waqar Azim Says:

    Dear Chowdhury Irad Ahmed Siddiky,

    All support you will get from our family.
    We pray for you.

    Khawja Waqar Azim
    Crescent Road,

  25. Anas Khwaja Says:

    Iftekhar Bhai,

    The non party based DCC election is scheduled for late October or early November. BNP-led four-party alliance is likely to boycott the poll. Probable candidate from AL-led 14-party combine are AL organizing secretaries Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, central leader Dr Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, expelled leader Mozaffar Hossain Paltu or Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) leader Sayeed Khokon (son of former DCC mayor and city AL president Mohammad Hanif).

    Your straightforward questions are in plain English, quite understandable.
    What I don’t get is the motive of the question?
    What are you trying to get out with academic background related questions?

    We are talking Bangladeshi politics where Dr. Kamal (Phd) looses against S.A.Khaleq.
    Where Nobel laureate Dr. Yunus floats a party and wraps up within a span of few months.

    Chowdhury Irad Ahmed Siddiky has honored us with posting open letter in this website. Shouldn’t we come up with suggestions such as including Nawab Salimullah’s contribution in textbooks, observing his birth anniversary with state honor, renaming BUET- Nawab Ahsanullah University, introducing quota system for Dhakaiya students in DU and so on?

    Please refer to the Mayors from the family section on the home page of this website. http://www.nawabbari.com/main.html?string=local.xls . You might find this interesting. In absence of any family member contestant in 2008 DCC election (be it mayor or ward commissioner from Nawabbari/Shakhari Bazar, Shabagh area) we should throw support who uphold/ safeguard our family interest most.

    Anas Khwaja from NY

  26. Iftekhar Hassan Says:

    My dear Anas Khwaja,

    I wish to thank you for your questions. Main motive is also very simple and remain objective. Let us not discuss about other candidates at this time.

    Obviously, when a candidate for NOGORPAL/MAYOR of Dhaka city ask for support while offering some positive action he is willing to take in the future for the benefit of the DN family should always be welcome and appreciated. However, throwing support behind him blindly without knowing the man’s past performance or capability is risky business for the family’s other possible candidate in the future.

    A public figures background must be very clear to the voters. It is simply not clear at this time. It seem Mr. Chowdhury Irad Ahmed Siddiky does not have any practical experience or if he does, we know nothing about it.

    Now lets talk abou our S.A. Khaleq Vs. Dr. Kamal (PHd). I understand Khaleq Bhai does not have any formal education, yet he was able to muster enough vote to become an M.P and also the Deputy Mayor of Dhaka city once. ( I still remember Khaleq Bhi and former Mayor Col. Malek inviting me to that reception of former Romanian dictator Nicolás and madame Chauchescu in Dhaka, 1984?)

    Please look at other qualities of Khaleq Bhai. His local communication skills with the voters,(Khaleq Bhai is a P.R. genious) his management skills is surpassed, his success story is every where. Come on Anas, give me a break..lol. Our Khaleq Bhai is a legend. I like the man !

    Whereas, Dr. Kamal with his Phd and Gono forum is all talk and no action kind of guy. I know Dr. Kamal and his quality well. I was in the same delegation with him, during first ever hearing when U.S imposed first quota imposition on Bangladesh garment during late 1987’s before Chairman of the House International sub-subcommittees, Congressman Sam Gibbons of Florida.

    Chowdhury Irad Ahmed Siddiky indeed honored us with posting open letter in this website. I also thank him on his offer to do many good things for the DNF honor, whe elected. However, I respectfully disagree that there should not be any quota system for Dhakaiya students at DU, This quota system is nothing but reverse discrimination. Reward must always be extended on the basis of performence.

    Once aging, good luck to Mr. Siddiky,

    Trusting the above is sufficient for this session, I remain,

    respectfully submitted

    Iftekhar Hassan

  27. Khawaja Saifullah Says:

    Dear Mr. Siddiky,

    First of all I would like to salute you for taking such a challenging decesion to run for the post of Mayor of Dhaka.

    I have some question to you, I would appreciate if you would reply the questions:

    1. What is your profession (and your employer)
    2. Have you any practical experince in politics (student politics)
    3. Have you been involved activly in social welfare activities.
    4. Does slum dwellers have access to you?
    5. How will you control Mosquito problem
    6. What will you do about footpath markets?
    7. How will you reduce unwanted (without liscense) rickshaws?

    Wish you all the best in coming election

    Khawaja Saifullah
    Son of Late Nawabzada Khawaja Hafizullah
    From Dhaka, Bangladesh

  28. Iftekhar Hassan Says:

    Dula Mia Saifullah,

    I think you should run for either MP or Nogorpal/Mayor next year. I assure you I will come back to Dhaka and actively campaign for you. You have good leadership quality.

    With your background, education, experience, you do have good possibility of being elected.

    But for this year lets wish Mr. Chowdhury Irad Ahmed Siddiky’s good luck.


    Iftekhar Hassan
    Washington DC Area

  29. Khawaja Saifullah Says:

    Dear Iftekar Mama,

    Thanks for your thought, but I do not want to get involved in politics. At present i am busy with my work in the development sector of German Government : GTZ, I am working as Social Compliance Adviser in the clothing industry: (Please check the link)


    Definatly we wish Mr. Chowdhury Irad Siddiky best of luck and I extend my full cooperation and support for him


    Khawaja Saifullah
    Son of late Nawabzada Khawaja Hafizullah
    From Dhaka, Bangladesh

  30. Dear Sirs of DNF,
    Thank you very much for kindly supporting my mayoral candidacy. I have been very busy campagning and could not therefore reply earlier. Please find below more information about me from my bio that will enable you to deliberate on the quality of my candidacy. I have taken note of all the suggestions made in this forum to improve the well-being of our city.

    Please encourage all your friends, family, neighbours and everyone around you to consider voting for me in the forthcoming elections.

    Please help me to help our city. ~ Thank you.

    Chowdhury Irad Ahmed Siddiky
    Candidate for the Mayor of Dhaka, 2008
    Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    For discussions on my manifesto, visit:

    To learn more about me and my ideas, visit:

    To learn about my perspectives on controversial social issues, visit:



    Grad Schools:
    •George Mason University ‘00
    •Economics (Public Choice)
    •University of Maryland, College Park ’01 (Public Economics)


    State University of New York Stony Brook ’97
    History (European and American History) ,
    Economics (Game Theory)

    •University of Iowa ‘94
    Economics (Economic History)

    •University of Michigan ’92
    •Economics (International Trade)

    High Schools:

    •St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling’ 89
    •St. Joseph’s High School‘ 86

    Published Book:

    The Compromised Republic: An Inquiry into the Development of Underdevelopment (Dhaka: Oriental Publishers, 2003)

    Memberships and Honors

    Phi Alpha Theta, International Honors in History, SUNY Stony Brook, 1997.
    Member, American Economic Association
    Associate Member, American Bar Association.
    Member, American Society of International Law.
    Member, The Federalist Society of Law and Public Policy.
    Member, American Constitution Society.
    Member, Royal Economic Society, United Kingdom.
    Member, Economic History Society, United Kingdom.

    Public Service

    Chairman, Management Committee, Red Crescent Maternity Center, Baliadi, Kaliakoir, Gazipur.

    Co-founder, Kaliakoir College, Kaliakoir, Gazipur.
     Co-founder, Fulbaria High School, Kaliakoir, Gazipur.
    Co-founder, Shaoratoli Girl’s High School, Kaliakoir, Gazipur.

    Academic & Research Publications:

    “A Simple Model of Voice with Issue Elasticity,” May, 2001. Stony Brook, NY: Department of Economics, SUNY Stony Brook, Mimeo.

    “Preferences, Deliberative Democracy and Collective Action,”
    November 2001; Dhaka, Bangladesh: 37th Anniversary Issue of the Weekly Holiday. http://www.weeklyholiday.net/150302/desk.html

    “Divergence between Market and Politics,” December 13th, 2002:
    Dhaka, Bangladesh: The Daily Star. http://www.dailystarnews.com/200212/13/n2121309.htm#BODY1
    Also, published in 38th Anniversary Issue of the Weekly Holiday. http://www.weeklyholiday.net/anni/s1.html

    “Mahatma Gandhi and the Prisoner’s Dilemma”, September 23- 25, 2005: North East Universities Development Conference, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=937148

    “Investment Famines, Discounted Utilitarianism and Our Imperfect
    Posthumous Obligation” January 2003; The Daily Star

    Mythologized Juridical Unconscious and the Juridification of Manifest Criminality
    Proceedings of 2007 Critical Legal Conference, Birkbeck, University of London.

     “Tolerating Intolerance: The Boundaries of Free Speech in a Compromised Republic,” Weekly Holiday, March 22nd, 2002.

    “Cultural Displacements By Imagined Communities: Indianization of the Bangladeshi Cultural Unconscious and Our Interrupted Cultural Journey,” Dhaka, Bangladesh: July 18th, 1998; The Daily Star.

    Invited Conference Presentations

    32nd Bengal Studies Conference, University of North Carolina, Fayetteville, NC 27599 (April, 1999)

    North East Universities Development Conference, Brown University, Providence (September 23- 25, 2005)
    Economic History Society, Annual Conference 2006, University of Reading, Reading, UK ( March 2006)

    Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities Annual Conference, Syracuse, NY (March 2006)

    2006 Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

    2006 Western Economic Association Conference, San Francisco, CA

    2006 American Bar Association Meetings, Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Thirty Seventh Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 12-14, 2006.

    2007 Critical Legal Conference, Birkbeck School of Law, University of London.

    2008 Midwest Political Science Association Conference.

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    Shundarotamo Dhaka-r Protisruti (Part-2)


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    Vote Chowdhury Irad Ahmed Siddiky for the Mayor of Dhaka.

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    Shundarotamo Dhaka-r Protisruti (Part-2)

    The crusade against corruption and nomination trade in Bangladesh

    Vote Chowdhury Irad Ahmed Siddiky for the Mayor of Dhaka.

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  36. Dumgoompoxy Says:

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  37. We wen to get a load of The Hangover this weekend! Had to buy tickets instead of 12 am steer! since the moving picture theater was chock-a-block! THis was from the producers of the OLDSCHOLL and they did it again LOVED IT!

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