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ISBN: 984 05 1418 X

Cover Type: HB

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Peopling in the Land of Allah Jaane: Power, Peopling and Environment: The Case of Char-lands of Bangladesh

By Abdul Baqee (Author)

Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)   

First Published: 1998 No. of Pages: 235 Weight (kg): 1

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This book illustrates the uncertainties of the lives of the inhabitants of ‘Char’ lands (reclaimed land) in Bangladesh. Flooding and riverbank erosion are endemic features in the areas close to the major rivers in Bangladesh. The rivers also throw up fertile lands that cause violent clashes between competing camps. Such violence has been examined against the backdrop and compulsions of cropping phenophases. With the help of several case studies, the book describes the survival strategies of the ‘char’ lands. The author examines how the power elites take advantage of the peasants to secure their own safety and interests and also to maintain their position at the apex of the power structure. This has turned the people of the ‘char’ lands into fatalists: they believe that all their intense sufferings are divinely ordained. In their loss of hearth and home, they inevitably see the unseen hand of ‘Allah’. Their attitudes bespeak passivity towards the misfortunes that befall them. Blind, unquestioned acceptance of fate pervades the ‘char’ land ethos. This profound reality actuated the author to coin the expression, ‘the land of Allah Jaane’ in focusing the uncertainties of life in the ‘char’ lands of Bangladesh. Integrated into the theme of the book is a portrayal of the world of the landless ‘char’ women who survive under conditions of excruciating hardship by falling back on their ingenuity and in their efforts to keep the family together. The work concerns itself with a new and until now unexplored area on the fringes of rural society and sheds light on ‘char’ land dynamics even as it unfolds the woes and sufferings of the denizens of distant ‘char’ villages. Researchers and development workers will it an invaluable vade-mecum and policy planners at the national level should also find food for thought in the pages of the book.

This book features in: Academic and Reference Books Environmental Studies and Disaster Management Bangladesh Studies Sociology Anthropology Urban and Regional Planning URP

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