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My People, Uprooted: A Saga of the Hindus of Eastern Bengal

Tathagata Roy (Author)
Synopsis This is a book on a forgotten chapter of Indian History : The exodus of some 80 Lakhs of Hindus, with a few Buddhists and Christians, from the land mass known today as Bangladesh. The book begins with and overview of Bengali Society and Hindu-Muslim relations in Bengal from the first partition of the province in 1905, and traces the events which eventually gave rise to the partition of this province of British India in 1947. This part is based largely on information culled from published material, both English and Bengali. It then goes on to describe the actual persecution and the exodus of the Hindus of Eastern Bengal in different phases. This is based on interviews with eyewitnesses, together with the limited published material available. This is followed by the author’s analysis of the course of events, seeking to establish why the Muslims drove out the Hindus, why the Hindus did not or could not resist this, why there was no reciprocal movement as there was in Punjab, why the Bengali Hindus of India chose to swallow the insult and hide the ignominy and finally why interested quarters tried to obliterate this bit of history.
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About the author

Tathagata Roy

Tathagata Roy (56) pursues the study of the Contemporary History and Politics of Bengal with a passion rarely equalled. This book is distillate of that study, but is rather a result of quiet, painstaking scholarship than passion. Professionally he describes himself as "Of all things, a Civil Engineer". That, however, is only one aspect of the person, the subject for which he initially trained, following which he worked for the Indian Railways for long time. He now teaches at the Salt Lake Campus of Jadavpur University, Kolkata (Calcutta). He is also into Politics and is active in the Bharatiya Janata Party's West Bengal Unit. He is married, with two daughters, and has lived most of his life in Kolkata.

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Title My People, Uprooted: A Saga of the Hindus of Eastern Bengal
Author Tathagata Roy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Ratna Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 818570967X
length xiv+470p., Plates; Table; Maps; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index.