Bangladesh: Era of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Moudud Ahmed ISBN 91 86702 09 2 1983 252pp 215x136mm HB Tk.490.00 US$27.00
The August coup of 1975, assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the events that followed have shown that it is easier to change a government Own to establish a legitimate regime and an effective administration. The power struggle that goes on in Bangladesh calls for a new consensus if the country has to achieve its politico-economic freedom.
Moudud Ahmed in this book presents an assessment of the politics pursued in Bangladesh during its initial years and argues that the crisis Bangladesh faces today is the result of the socio-economic and political measures taken by the Awami League government and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. In the course of his assessment he has examined the political compulsion and contradictions which led the regime to go for a one-party rule. The ruling party’s treatment of the freedom fighters, the so-called collaborators and the army as an institution are seen as examples which had bleeding effect on the 66dy politic of the newly achieved country.
This work of the author is significantly objective and helps the readers to understand also the political dimensions of the newly independent states of South Asia and Africa. The study answers questions why so frequently nationalist leaders committed to liberal democratic governments have rejected the same after independence. The book also reveals how privatization of government destroys the concept of law and justice and how monopoly of patriotism by elite groups frustrates the efforts of the masses for any development.
The Author who refers to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as "the greatest phenomenon" of the history of Bangladesh has devoted a separate chapter to provide an objective appreciation of the personality of Bangabandhu.
This book is a mine of inexhaustable value to students of politics, history, law, economics and Bangladesh studies.
Moudud Ahmed displays profound insight into the life of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and as a sequel to the author’s earlier book, Bangladesh: Constitutional Quest for Autonomy, this definitive work is a major addition to books on political history of Bangladesh. The author, Moudud Ahmed has been Deputy Prime Minister (1976-78), Prime Minister (1986-89), and Vice President of Bangladesh. He has his B.A. (Honours) and M.A. in Political Science from Dhaka University. He studied law in England and was called to the English Bar in 1967. He visited the Heidelberg University as a Fellow in 1976 and in 1980 and Harvard University in 1980-81.
He prepared the book, Bangladesh. Contemporary Events and Documents, published by the External Publicity Division of the Bangladesh Government in Exile in Calcutta in 1971. His earlier book Bangladesh: Constitutional Quest for Autonomy was published by UPL.