[Bengal Divided 1905 1971] E–pub ¼ Nitish Sengupta

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Sided of the porous border Even though the language has a somewhat Bureaucratic Stiffness And The Book stiffness and the book a eel of high school history textbook Bengal Divided is usefully readable Sengupta sets out to untie what seems like a historical paradox a people who protested a partition in 1905 ended up getting permanently partitioned in only 65 years later As one learns very early it is less of a paradox than one might believe Layers of division already ran through Bengali society way before Curzon s notorious mandate Thanks to Sengupta s steady magnifying glass we see the differences between the Muslim and the Hindu between the Bhadralok and the peasant *And The Dalit We See * the Dalit we see suabble as well as the argument around Cornwallis Permanent Settlement and Hunter s prejudice against educating the Hindu Sengupta clears the undergrowth to shed light on the zealot in Fazlul Hu and the savant in Chittaranjan Das without ever valourising them A history buff must not this book which is both astidious as well as decisive A good primer on the political history of Bengal in the last century Of course all history is someone s point of view Interesting to think that a decision here or there could have seen Kolkata as a capital of an Independent nation. Light on The Roles Of Figures roles of igures as Chittaranjan Das Subhas Chandra Bose Nazrul Islam Fazlul Ha HS Suhrawardy and Shyama Prasad mukherj. Manner in which the land was vivisected by the British bureaucrates by ar the strangest most illogical and arbitrarily drawn was vivisected by the British bureaucrates by ar the strangest most illogical and arbitrarily drawn Line In History Between Two Countries The in history between two countries The of the twenty ive years leading to the liberation of Bangladesh Which In Itself Is A History which in itself is a history event has been however dealt with rather summarily possibly because of space constraints Sengupta ends the book with a very perceptive observation In the case of Bangladesh while they are very proud of their own language and cultural identity they have to guard against two powerful pulls irst pan Islamic Wahabi Islamic undamentalism and jehadi anaticism and second the powerful pan Indian cultural and social system Naturally they have to strike a balance in the ace of these strong pulls While they are proud of their Bengali cultural identity they are also proud of their Islamic heritage but would not like to see their Bengali identity being swamped by either of these two Similarly Bengalis in India have to balance their trans national Bengali cultural identity with the very powerful orce of pan Indian identity of which they are also partners As the second decade of the the millenium rolls into the third the later trends appear to be winning on both. Ng communal lines Why did this happen Nitish Sengupta peels of the layers of events in this pivotal period in Bengal's history casting new. An unbiased no nonsense narrative that ends On A Very Optimistic Note For Those a very optimistic note For those with the history of Bengal and its unity even after being divided this book can prove to be very insightful Nitish Sengupta was an IAS officer who after his retirement joined politics and became a Member of Parliement He has written a number of books including Land of Two Rivers A History of Bengal The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey from the Mahabharata to Mujib In Bengal Divided he recounts the history of Bengal of 20th century till birth of Bangladesh History of 20th century Bengal unfailingly makesor a sad reading A people who has attained great heights of civilizational glory are divided in two peoples based on religion a division that has been effected by the self serving politicians aided by alien rulers People of two different Itsuka faith systems who have lived side by sideor over thousand years have decided in the space of a Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems few decades that they cannot live as neighbours any longer The result is a mind blowing tragedy the aftershocks of which are still beingelt 75 years later Sengupta in this short 240 page book has narrated that history in broad brush strokes The agony of the pre partition days The amine of 1943 The Great Calcutta Killings of 1946
and the heartless. 
the heartless. In 1905 all of Bengal rose in uproar because the British had partitioned the state Yet in 1947 the same people insisted on a partition alo. Bengal Divided 1905 1971

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