ISBN: 984 05 1243 9
Cover Type: HB
By Hasan Zaheer (Author)
Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)
First Published: 2001 No. of Pages: 511 Weight (kg): 1
UPL Showroom Price: 500.00 BDT
The book provides penetrating Insights into the economic dimensions of the chasm between the erstwhile East and West Pakistan that eventually led to the cleavage and the conflict that marked the final parting of the ways. The focus of Hasan Zaheer's study is more on what he feels were the internal factors that, in his view, somehow inexorably widened the mental distance between East and West Pakistan with the result that by 1970 and following the military action of March 25, 1971, the situation had reached a point of no return. Hasan Zaheer has written an incisive, Informative and detached volume spanning over 500 pages which he has appropriately sub-titled The rise and realisation of Bengali Muslim nationalism. - Mushahid Hussain in Dhaka Courier Part I of this scholarly study examines the genesis of the federation of East and West Pakistan as a single state. It analyses the crises which marked relations between its two wings from 15 August 1947 to the fatal decision to resort to army action on 25 March 1971 as the final solution to Bengali Muslim nationalism. Part II analyses the disastrous consequences of the army action in 1971, leading to the second Indo-Pakistan war, and the emergence of the independent state of Bangladesh with the surrender of the Pakistan army in Dhaka on 16 December 1971. Relying on primary sources - personal experience, unpublished material, and conversations and interviews with those directly involved in the 1971 crisis Zaheer has provided thoroughly documented account of events on the national and international fronts in a dispassionate manner.
1. Muslim Bengal and Pakistan / 2. Army Action, Civil War, and Separation / 3. Appendices