Bangladesh was founded as the state for Bangalis. After 38 years of freedom, it is now known as a ‘Moderate Muslim State’. Bangladesh was known and people hoped from its constitution that it would grow, as a modern secular state. Why did it so happen? Or are the various epithets that are ascribed by many people about Bangladesh justified? Renowned historian Dr. Muntassir Mamoon tries to answer the questions. He analyses the issues of Bangali psyche, its features, our state formation and modernity in the background of globalisation from a historical perspective. He gives a fresh insight into many prevalent notions on this issue. This book, written in lucid prose would help us understand ourselves. This knowing of oneself is considerably unknown.
Muntassir Mamoon (b. 1951) was born in Dhaka, did his M.A. and Ph.D from Dhaka University. Currently he is a professor in the Department of History, Dhaka University. He is eminently known as a historian and also a writer. He has written a number of. books in the different branches of literature. He is a recipient of many awards. Bangla Academy Award is one of them. His important research publications are: Unish Satake Purba-Banger Samaj, Festivals of Bangladesh, Smriti-Bismsritir Nagar-Dhaka, Inside Bureaucracy: Bangladesh (Coauthor) Struggle for Civil Society in Bangladesh (Co-author) and Unish Satake Bangladesher Sangbad Samyik patra (9 vol).