Moinul Hoque Choudhury
Member of Parliament
In office
Member of the Legislative Assembly (India)
In office
ConstituencyEast Sonai/Sonai
Personal details
Born(1923-05-23)23 May 1923
Sonabarighat, Cachar, Assam
Died13 February 1976(1976-02-13) (aged 52)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Other political
Muslim League (before 1951)
Alma materCotton College, Guwahati
Murari Chand College, Sylhet
Presidency College Kolkata
Aligarh Muslim University
PortfolioMinister of Commerce and Industrial Development (18 March 1971 to 22 July 1972)

Moinul Hoque Choudhury (13 May 1923 – 13 February 1976) was an Indian politician from Assam.[1] A five-time MLA; he was the Minister of Commerce and Industrial Development during Indira Gandhi regime in 1971. He is also known as the Industrial Reformer of the Barak Valley.


Moinul Choudhury was born on 13 May 1923 in a well-off Bengali Muslim family of Sonabarighat in Cachar district of Assam. He was born to mother Mona Bibi and father Montajir Ali. His father Montazir Ali was educated, and was always concerned about getting his son well educated. Choudhury took his primary education from ME School of Sonabraighat. He passed Matriculation from Silchar Government HS School and later joined Cotton College, Guwahati/Murari Chand College of Sylhet and passed +2 in 1942.

He graduated with History Honors from Presidency College of Calcutta in 1944. In the Presidency, he defeated Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the college election. He pursued MA in History securing first class first position from Aligarh Muslim University in 1946. This was when he joined Muslim League and took part in the Indian independence movement. He was also the general secretary of youth front of Muslim League on the national level. In 1947, he obtained LLB from Aligarh Muslim University. In a meeting with Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Moinul Hoque Choudhury represented Barak Valley. Inspired by the ideals of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Moulana Abul Kalam Azad, Hoque joined the freedom struggle. Following India's independence and the partition of India, he joined Indian National Congress under the influence of Fakaruddin Ali Ahmed.

To start off his career, Moinul Hoque Choudhury joined the Bar Association of Silchar in 1948 and later in 1950, he joined active politics as a member of local board in 1950 and was a nominated member of Silchar Municipality in the same year. He became a member of Assam Legislative Assembly in 1952 from East Sonai constituency. Moinul Hoque became a cabinet minister (agriculture) in 1957 after being elected for the second time from the same constituency. On being elected for the third term in 1962, he became the leader of the Congress legislature in the assembly in addition to being a cabinet minister. In 1967. He was elected for the fourth time as MLA from Sonai Constituency, but was abstained from ministerial portfolio following a feud with Bimala Prasad Chaliha. He was selected as chairman of national Haj Committee in the same year. He entered the national politics in 1971 by returning to the parliament from Dhubri and was offered the ministry of industry under the Government of India.

There have been many in Barak valley who have been hugely influenced and inspired by him, particularly the Muslim men. His own younger brother Nurul Hoque also became MLA from Sonai. Sonai's Tajamul Ali Mazumdar, founder of M.C.Das College, Sonai.


The improvement of road and communication system, construction of embankments in Cachar to facilitate agriculture, establishment of All India Radio, Silchar Medical College, Veterinary school, Hindustan Paper Mill at Panchgram, Sugar Mill at Anipur, the Regional Engineering College now upgraded as NIT are his achievements. He was the first person in Cachar to forward the proposal for the construction of Barak Dam. He will be remembered in the valley for the noble attempt he made to usher in a green revolution in the valley through the package program in the sixties when advanced technology, high yielding seeds, scientific manure, pesticides were introduced for the first time in Cachar, and many more.


Moinul Hoque Choudhury seen with President of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Delhi on 11 January 1972.


  1. ^ a b "Obituary Reference" (PDF). Lok Sabha Debates. Second Series. 58 (1): 1–2. 8 March 1976. Retrieved 19 July 2021.