|Inside Bengal Politics 1936-1947
Unpublished Correspondence of Partition Leaders
ISBN 984 05 1668 X 2003 190pp 215x136mm HB Tk.300.00 US$23.00
The decade preceding the 1947 Indian partition was an eventful period, with profound impact on the subsequent political developments of the states thus created. Though works dealing with this period abound, most of these have an all-India focus. There is a dearth of research-based books and other works covering the Bengal situation. Bengal, then a Muslim-majority province in eastern India, was the bastion of the Muslim League/Pakistan movement. Perhaps there would have not been Pakistan state without the solid support of the Bengali Muslims who, at the same time, were fully aware of their distinct identity. Jinnah had to win their support to realise his Plan. How did he do it?
The present book is based on about a hundred unpublished letters and other correspondence of eminent partition leaders, including A.K.Fazlul Huq, H.S. Suhrawardy, Khwaja Nazimuddin, Maulana Akrum Khan and Raghib Ahsan, with M.A.Jinnah, Liaquat Ali Khan, the Governor of Bengal and the Viceroy’s Staff between 1936 and 1947. The present volume gives a firsthand account of some crucial inside views on the Muslim League organisation in Bengal, party factionalism and disputes, alignments and re-alignments of leaders, political intrigues, the Huq-Jinnah conflict, centre vs. province relations in the party, management of conflict and instrument of central control, the Bengali view of Pakistan, the statehood ideal of the Bengali Muslim leadership, Suhrawardy’s move for a united independent Bengal, Dacca vs. Calcutta rivalry within the Bengal Muslim League, Hindu-Muslim relations, etc. The book should be of interest to historians and readers interested in the Partition of India and Bengal Studies.
Harun-or-Rashid is Professor of Political Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He received his B.A (Honours) and M.A degrees from the same University and the Ph.D. degree from the University of London. He has also completed a course of study on peace and conflict resolution at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is the author of a number of books and numerous articles published both in the country and abroad. His works include Bangladesh: Politics, Governance and Constitutional Development,1757-2000, (Bangla; Dhaka 2001); ‘The Bengal Partition Revisited’, Amrik Singh (ed.), The Partition in Retrospect (New Delhi 2000) ; ‘Bangladesh: The First Successful Secessionist Movement in the Third World’, Premdas et al. (eds.), Secessionist Movements in Comparative Perspectives (London 1990). The revised and enlarged edition of his The Foreshadowing of Bangladesh: Bengal Muslim League and Muslim Politics, 1906-1947 is being reissued (2003) by UPL, Dhaka. He was the Assistant Editor of the three-volume History of Bangladesh, 1704-1971 (Asiatic Society, Dhaka 1992).