ISBN: 978 984 506 119 3

Cover Type: HB

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Language Movement and The Making of Bangladesh

By Safar Ali Akanda (Author)

Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)   

First Published: 2013 No. of Pages: 270 Weight (kg): 0.5


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This book is a detailed study to establish Bengali Language Movement which awakened the identity and distinction of the people of the then East Bengal/Pakistan. This movement, as most people know, ultimately resulted in the crystallisation of Bengali nationalism, and finally the struggle for freedom of the Eastern part of Pakistan.

The book substantiates the various aspects of the themes illustrating the indomitable will of the Bengalis for an independent home of their own. The author has examined the ebb and flow of the movement and connected it to the general dynamics of Pakistan's politics along with its consequent impact on national integration. He has finally shown how the language movement and the war of liberation became an indivisible part of a single evolutionary movement.

One of the unique features of the study is the biographical sketches of some of the eminent activists/actors of the language movement and the war of liberation. A list such as this can hardly be found together anywhere else. The names of these champions would have otherwise fallen victim to the inexorable processes of time  and lost in the oblivion.

Table of contents:

1. Introduction / 2. Pakistan-One State: Two Countries, One Nation: Two Peoples / 3. The Origin of the Language Controversy / 4. The Background of the Language Movement / 5. The Language Movement in 1948 / 6. The Language Movement after the Departure of Quaid-e-Azam / 7. Interim Report of the Basic Principles Committee and the Language Issue / 8. The Working of the Muslim Mind in Bengal / 9. Why were Muslim League Leaders Committed to Urdu? / 10. Why was Urdu not Acceptable to the Bengalis? /  11. Why were Muslim League Leaders Bitterly Opposed to Bengali and Adamant for Urdu?/ 12. Prelude to the 21 February 1952 Movement / 13. The Twenty-First February Episode / 14. Enquiry Report on the Police Firing on 21 February 1952 / 15. The Language Movement after February 1952 Bloodbath / 16. Bengali on Way to Becoming a National Language after Almost a Decade / 17. Attack on Bengali Culture and Heritage in Spite of Acceptance of Bengali as a National Language / 18. Impact of Central Policies and Ayub-Yahya Military Junta Versus the Bengalis

This book features in: Academic and Reference Books Bangladesh Studies History Bangladesh Liberation War

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