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India-Bangladesh Relations: Documents 1971-2002 (In 5 Volumes)

Avtar Singh Bhasin (Editor)
Synopsis Bangladesh attained liberation from Pakistan in 1971 after a violent struggle. Separation of East Bengal from India in 1947 to merge it into Pakistan was the midway point of the historical process set in motion at Lahore in 1940 that culminated in the formation of the new state. The people of East Pakistan did not take long to realise that despite a numerical superiority in a united Pakistan, they were condemned to an acquiescent and subservient role. Jinnah chiding them for their temerity to ask for equal status for Bengali language with Urdu shook them. East Pakistan did win the first showdown on the language issue but after paying a heavy price. It convinced the people of East Pakistan that they would have to go through many more such rounds, before gaining even a semblance of power from the other wing. The aftermath of the historic elections of 1971 proved the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. Bangladesh emerged from the ashes of East Pakistan. The documents have been arranged thematically and chronologically in seven sections so that each aspect of the problem is put across in bold relief to tell a coherent story. Liberation, however created the problem of identity, the need to distinguish East Bengali culture from the hegemonic Bengali culture of which it was a part till 1947. Being part of Pakistan for quarter of a century left its mark on the psyche of the new nation. Bangladesh struggle was not anti-Islamic. To ensure insulation of Bangladeshi culture from the mainstream Bengali culture, it became necessary not only to retain the strong Islamic bias gathered from the Pakistan days, but also to give it a sharper edge. Bangladesh thus remained steeped in the legacy of her existence as part of Pakistan for 25 years. The emergence of adversarial relationship with India was a natural and inevitable corollary of the tendency to stay a prisoner of the past. Henceforth this consciousness came to haunt the relations between the two countries placed by history and geography cheek by jowl.
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About the author

Avtar Singh Bhasin

Avtar Singh Bhasin (b. 1935) B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in History. Worked for short periods in the National Archives of India and Joint Intelligence Organisation of the Ministry of Defence before joining the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, in 1963. During the three decades in the Foreign Office, he served in the Policy Planning Division, South Asia desk, Historical Division and held some other Political assignments. He served in the Indian Diplomatic missions in Nepal, Germany, Austria and Nigeria. He has been a member of several, Prime Ministerial, Ministerial and Official Delegations for bilateral discussions with various countries. He has travelled abroad extensively in the performance of his official duties. He retired from the MEA in 1993 as Director (Historical Division).

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Title India-Bangladesh Relations: Documents 1971-2002 (In 5 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed
Publisher Geetika Publishers
Language: English
isbn 819016290X
length ccxxii+604+viii p., xxxiv+605-1264p., xxvi+1265-1886p., xxiv+1887-2382p., xxiv+2383-2869p., 25cm.