|The Third World Charismat
Sheikh Mujib and the Struggle for Freedom
Zillur R Khan
ISBN 984 05 1353 2 1996 262pp 215x136mm HB Tk.225.00 US$20.00
This work focuses on the charismatic leadership of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who led a popular mass movement, culminating in the emergence of the eighth populous nation in the world-Bangladesh. Highlighting the linkages between leadership theories and the roles played by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the book has made a significant contribution to the understanding of power relations involving leading political figures of the Third World.
A unique dimension of this work is its analysis of Mujib’s non-cooperation and civil disobedience movement through several case studies. They shed light on how the Gandhian strategy had been applied to wrest away political control from a military regime. The case study materials were collected personally by the author during the mass movement in March, 1971.
A major strength of this work is the observer-participant approach of the author in processing invaluable interviews with Sheikh Mujibur, and those who know him well. Among the latter were Khandokar Mustaque Ahmed, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, Sheikh Hasina and Ziaur Rahman. An evaluation of Mujibism in a comparative ideological perspective has sharpened awareness of Mujib's impact on politics, economy and culture of Bangladesh.
Dr. Zillur Rahman Khan is Rosebush Professor and Chairman of the Political Science Department, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, USA. He is recipient of the Fulbright Grant, the UN Development Grant, and the National Science Foundation Grant. In 1992, he received his University’s most previous award, the Rosebush Professorship. In 1994, the American Political Science Association recognized him for teaching excellence.
Dr. Khan’s publications include SAARC and the Superpowers (UPL 1991), Constitution and Constitutional Issues (UPL 1989), and From Martial Law to Martial Law: Leadership Crisis in Bangladesh (UPL 1984).
Dr. Khan’s articles have been published in Asian Affairs, Asian Survey, Pacific Affairs, Western Political Quarterly, Journal of Asian Studies, Indian Journal of Political Science, among others.