Maulana Khondokar Abdur Rashid Tarkabagish () (1900–1986) was a Bangladeshi politician and parliamentarian. He strongly opposed the repressive mentality of the Nurul Amin government towards the Bengali Language Movement despite being a member of the treasury bench.
He was born in Tarulia village of Sirajganj district. Tarkabagish took part in the Khilafat and Non-Cooperation Movement during his student life. He helped to gain public support and was arrested for six months. Later he got admitted to the Deoband Madrasa of North India. Once he performed extremely well in debating competition and got the award 'Tarkabagish' meaning the master debater.
Tarkabagish joined the Muslim League in 1936. From the party he participated in the election and earned his place in the Bengal Legislative Assembly in 1937 and in 1946.At the budget session of the East Bengal Legislative Assembly on February 21, Tarkabagish was vocal and heavily criticized the killing of several protestors near Dhaka Medical College.Tarkabagish asked the leader of the house Nurul Amin to formulate an inquiry and to visit to the wounded students before proceeding the session. But as Amin refused the proposal, he walked out of the assembly. In a statement after his retirement, Tarkabagish described the incident of police firing as a rare example in... Read More