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The Liberation of Bangladesh

Identifying the Eye of the Storm

The Vortex: The True Story of History’s Deadliest Storm and the Liberation of Bangladesh by Scott Carney and Jason Miklian, India: HarperCollins Publishers, 2022; pp xxii + 498, `599.

In 2022, Bangladesh celebrates 50 years of its birth as a nation, once again drawing the world’s attention to the tumultuous story of its genesis. This journey began in 1947, with the birth of two other nations: Pakistan and India. Even before 1947, when the Indian subcontinent was partitioned by the dep­arting British, the dreams of a free Pakistan had been a nascent but significant aspect of Indian nationalism. From the 1940s onwards, Muslim intellectuals had pondered on the lineaments of ­“Pakistan” that would encompass the rising social and political aspirations of a new middle class. This aspiration was a way to define modernity in a society perceived to be suppressed by Hindu int­ellectual traditions and hesitant to emb­race Western education.

The contours of Muslim identity formation that enunciated a Pakistan-centric political, social, and religious autonomy were expressed in a literary and linguistic renaissance thr­ough journals and newspapers in both Urdu and Bangla. However, the partition created a geographically ano­malous Paki­stan: the two halves, the East and the West, were separated by thousand miles of Indian territory.

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Updated On : 7th Nov, 2022
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