In this book, translated into English from Bangla in original, Dr. Mamoon has shown his admirable capacity to see and separate the deeper meaning of events from the dark and the grey surrounding them as ingredients of historical change and development. With more than 150 publications to his credit, Dr. Mamoon, at present teaches history in Dhaka University. For his free thinking and challenging writings, in 2002, he was incarcerated in jail allegedly for anti-state activities by the present government.
Do you know the extent to which one can pardon? Do you know of some acts which can never be pardoned? Quamrul Hassan, magnanimous Quamrul Hassan could never pardon some acts. Hatred and bitterness, curses and satire made his wrist strong, his pen sharp, his brush intense. He did not pardon the Pakistan of 1971, the man-made famine of 1974, his former beloved, the arch shameless dictator. Do you know his eyes stiffened into stone hatred and bitterness? Day and night he heard laughter of tigers and jackals and crocodiles and monkeys and donkeys and snakes.
In 1968 a big multinational pharmaceutical company was established in Bangladesh, (former East Pakistan). The company still exists even after twenty years of its establishment. Through an ethnologic investigation, the author has demonstrated the social relations in the interior of the factory, the development of the hierarchic status over the years and the specific interaction that links the different categories of personnels.
Bengali Partition of 1905 is a milestone in Bengali History which had enormous impact on subsequent history. But very few books were published on this subject. Particularly no detailed study has been published on East Bengal or present Bangladesh which was the centre of events during this important period of history. Professor Muntassir Mamoon, the pioneer on history of East Bengal came forward to fill in this void. The book is divided into three parts. In the first part the author discuses the background of the Bengal partition.
The disintegration of Pakistan and the emergence of Bangladesh in 1971 is the sad story of the Pakistan army generals, the misconceived role as ‘guardian angles’ of national interest. After twelve years of dictatorship their plan to transfer power to the elected representatives of the people was a dismal failure and resulted in the break-up of Pakistan. The main reason for the failure to transfer power to the elected majority was the stark insincerity of General Yahya Khan, his cohorts, and the abetment of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan People’s party.
The greatest genocide of Bangladesh was perpetrated in Chuknagar of Khulna District on 20th May of 1971. Only on that day about 10 thousand people-men, women and children - were killed. Yet the recorded history of liberation war of Bangladesh does not mention this massacre. On completion of the 40th year of the day of Chuknagar Massacre ICBS commemorates the day through the publication of this book. (It was first published in Bangla in 2001). Through this book we avow our ever indebtedness to the martyrs who had laid down their lives to bring the freedom for us.
In this book, Professor A. F. Salahuddin Ahmed, a leading historian of Bangladesh gives a brief analytical account of the growth of national consciousness in Bengal in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries particularly among the Bengali Muslims which led to the creation of Pakistan in 1947 and subsequently its break-up and the emergence of Bangladesh in 1971. Dr. Ahmed deftly analyses in historical perspective the different trends in Bengali social and political thought.
In The Festivals of Bangladesh Muntassir Mamoon reports from a variety of flash points across Bangladesh. Getting out on to the streets to get beyond the rituals, Mamoon paints a radical portrait of the struggles, hopes and needs of the people. The Other Bangladesh: religious festivals: Eid, Muharram, Janmastami, Durga Puja New year all are powerfully portrayed as the festivals where high versus low culture is intertwined, in which artists and common men, religious devotees and intellectuals, all striving in various ways to embrace the multicultural society we live in.
This book contains essays for discussion and amendment. The author has tried to describe and analyse one of the most enduring issues of our time in order to facilitate a different understanding of the event. The effects of nationalism, militarism, fundamentalism and democracy manifest themselves as a powerful pressure with significant effects on our human environment. It has widened the gap between concern and decision and has impassibly divided Bangladesh society.