Bengal Divided: Hindu Communalism and Partition, 1932-1947
Whereas previous studies of the end of British rule in India have concentrated on the negotiations of the transfer of power at the all-India level or have considered the emergence of separatist politics amongst India's Muslim minorities, this study provides a re-evaluation of the history of Bengal focusing on the political and social processes that led to the demand for partition in Bengal and tracing the rise of Hindu communalism. In its most startling revelation, the author shows how the demand for a separate homeland for the Hindus, which was fuelled by a large and powerful section of Hindu society within Bengal, was seen as the only way to regain influence and to wrest power from the Muslim majority. The picture which emerges is one of a stratified and fragmented society moving away from the mainstream of Indian nationalism, and increasingly preoccupied with narrower, more parochial concerns.
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I find this book very handy to understand the causes of bangla dividation. During British Raj Bangla precedency was divided once in 1905, than intellectuals politicians strongly oppose that seperation. but after few years of Critical political and economical circumstances, it become imminent to partition. But this time now initiative was taken by the gurus.
and this book explain why
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I loved this book. While it is incredibly detailed, it offersa very different perspective on Partition. Read full review
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Bengal politics and the Communal Award
The emergence of the mofussil in Bengali politics
The reorientation of the Bengal Congress 193745
The construction of bhadralok communal identity culture and communalism in Bengal
Hindu unity and Muslim tyranny aspects of Hindu bhadralok politics 193647
The second partition of Bengal 194547