xiv, 550 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 25 cm.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
List of illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1: Voices From Bangladesh: -- Becoming a village photographer / Sabina Yasmin Sathi -- Wait for a while, death! / Abdul Gofur Hali -- Telephone ladies and social business / Muhammad Yunus -- I work in a clothing factory / Shana K -- Bengali New Year / Shamsuzzaman Khan and Kajalie Shehreen Islam -- Fundamentalist / Abdul Qader Mullah -- This is your land, this land is our land / Farah Mehreen Ahmad -- How they discriminate me / Roshni Rani -- 2: Early Histories: -- Earliest inscription / Anonymous -- View from the sea / Anonymous -- Jackfruits and a jade Buddha / Xuanzang -- Songs of realization / Bhusuku-pada, Sabara-pada and Kukkuri-pada -- King's gift of land / Anonymous -- Visit to Sylhet / Ibn Battutah -- Rise of Islam / Richard M Eaton -- Poor and rich in Mughal Bengal / Tapan Raychaudhuri -- Washed ashore / Frans Jansz van der Heiden and Willem Kunst -- Origin of the Sak in Bangladesh / Headman of Baishari -- Mahua and Naderchand fall in love / Dvija Kanai -- Path that leads to you / Modon Baul -- 3: Colonial Encounters: -- Tax rebellion in Rangpur / Ratiram Das -- Making sense of hill people / Francis Buchanan -- Rhinos among the ruins / A Magon de Clos-Dore -- Woman teaches herself to read / Rashundari Debi -- What is Lalon's faith? / Fakir Lalon Shah -- Blue devil / George Dowdeswell, Bhobonath Joardar, Panju Mulla, and Maibulla -- Fundamentalist reform and the rural response / Rafiuddin Ahmed -- Wage holy war-or leave! / Moulvi Mirza Jan Rahman -- Brahmos: rebels against tradition / David Kopf -- Worshipping with cannabis / Abhilas Chandra Mukherji -- Hill or plough cultivation? / John Beames -- Postmaster / Rabindranath Tagore -- Sultana's dream / Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain -- Other bank of the river / Nirad C Chaudhuri -- Muhammadan Community / A K Fazlul Huq -- Elder brother's duty / Md Bosharot Ali -- Women's hunger for education / Shudha Mazumdar -- Field of the embroidered quilt / Jasim Uddin -- Terror for the nation / Anonymous -- Cultural mix of old Dhaka / Syed Najmuddin Hashim -- Messages of equality and love / Kazi Nazrul Islam -- Great famine strikes the land / Tushar Kanti Ghosh and others -- Pakistan as a peasant utopia / Taj-ul-Islam Hashmi --
4: Partition And Pakistan: -- Creating an international border / Cyril Radcliffe -- Joy, hope and fear at independence / Ahmed Kamal -- Where is the border? / Indian and Pakistani officials -- Teenage migrant / Hasan Azizul Huq -- Establishing the Communist Party of Pakistan / Moni Singh -- Broken Bengal / Taslima Nasrin -- Pakistan experiment and the language issue / Willem van Schendel -- Vernacular elite / Rounaq Jahan -- East and west Pakistan: economic divergence / Rehman Sobhan -- Modern lifestyles / Anonymous -- Architectural masterpiece in Dhaka / Andree Iffig -- Lake Kaptai / Shilabrata Tangchangya and Nripati Ranjan Tripura -- What do I pay my cook? / Ellura Winters, Robert Winters, and others -- Garo exodus of 1964 / Ellen Bal -- Elusive villages / Peter J Bertocci -- Effects of the India-Pakistan war of 1965 / Badruddin Umar -- Six points towards a federation / Awami League -- This time the struggle is for our independence! / Sheikh Mujibur Rahman -- 5: War And Independence: -- Declaration of Independence (25-26 March 1971) / Sheikh Mujibur Rahman -- Radio message from Kalurghat (27 March 1971) / Ziaur Rahman -- Mujibnagar: proclaiming a new country (17 April 1971) / Elected representatives of the people of Bangladesh -- Operation Searchlight / Siddiq Salik -- I was just a kid then / Odhir Chandra Dey -- Telegram and a phone call / Archer Blood, Richard Nixon, and Henry Kissinger -- From counter-insurgency to defeat / A A K Niazi -- Father's letter to his daughter / Ataur Rahman Khan Kaysar -- Powered pepper / Shaheen Akhtar -- Raja's protection / Raja Tridiv Roy -- Razakar oath and diploma / Anonymous -- To the people of west Pakistan / K K Sinha -- Missionary family in the war / Jim McKinley -- Diary's final pages / Mahbub Alam -- Jagannath College Concentration Camp / Basanti Guhathakurta -- Stranded Pakistanis (Biharis) / Ben Whittaker -- Party over state / Willem van Schendel -- 6: Dilemmas Of Nationhood: -- What makes us a nation? / Adbur Razzaq -- Perceptions of cultural identity / Salma Sobhan -- Creating a symbol of the nation / Sayeed Ahmad -- Suppressing student protests in Dhaka / Meghna Guhathakurta -- Chittagong Hill tracts peace accord (1997) / Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti and the government of Bangladesh -- Gender, ethnicity, and the nation / Kalpana Chakma -- Two meanings of "Bangladeshi" / Amena Mohsin -- Secularism as religious tolerance / Amena Mohsin -- Tablighi Jama'at / Yoginder S Sikand -- Islamist women activists discuss Jihad / Maimuna Huq -- Nation and the military / Ayesha Siddiqa -- Amending the constitution / Saqeb Mahbub -- Bengali sense of victimhood / Rahnuma Ahmed -- 7: Contemporary Culture: -- Raw, frank, funny Eid parade / Henry Glassie -- Visionary of rural beauty / Burhanuddin Khan Jahangir -- Dancer's mission / Bulbul Chowdhury -- Preferences / Shamsur Rahman -- Adventure of editing a magazine / Noorjehan Murshid -- Short-film movement / Tanvir Mokammel -- Ilish in mustard sauce / Shornomoyee -- Rickshaw art / Joanna Kirkpatrick -- Three national festivals / Abul Momen -- Wangala, Christmas, pre-Christmas / Ellen Bal -- Songs for an endangered homeland / Kabita Chakma and others -- Oh, sad one, do not lament! / James (Nagar Baul) --
8: Development Gaze: -- From poverty to progress? / Just Faaland and J R Parkinson -- Being a development "expert" / Brigitte Erler -- NGOS-modern landlords with a global vision / Lamia Karim -- Rich-peasant resistance to development organizations / Ainoon Naher -- Birth of a megacity -- Wealthiest people of Dhaka City / Kamal Siddiqui, Sayeda Rowshan Qadir, Sitara Alamgir, and Sayeedul Huq -- Girls life: work and school / Staff writer, Women magazine of Bangladesh -- Messages of development / Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and NGO forum -- Migrants in Barisal / Jeremy Seabrook -- Day at the hospital / Shahaduz Zaman -- Children of Katni / Betsy Hartmann and James K Boyce -- You have a 30 minutes to evacute / Shahana Siddiqui -- How they are developing us / Aung Shwe Prue Chowdhury -- Poverty, gender, and shrimps / Meghna Guhathakurta -- Happiest city in the world / Harry -- Wherever the forest department is, there is no forest / Tasneem Khalil -- 9: Bangladesh Beyond Borders: -- Dispersing partition refugees in India / Joya Chatterji -- Nellie massacre / Makiko Kimura -- Operation Pushback / Sujata Ramachandran -- Snake charmers in limbo / Satadru Sen -- Green passport / Zakir Kibria -- Fast-footed Sylhetis / Katy Gardner and Zahir Ahmed -- Sending money home / Alastair Lawson -- Bangladeshi activists in London / John Eade and David Garbin -- Lungi with a zip! / Emdad Rahman -- Concert for Bangladesh / Ravi Shankar -- Displaying statehood / Anonymous -- U N Peackeepers from Bangladesh / Ilyas Iftekhar Rasul -- Garment workers' rights / Clean Clothes Campaign -- International Mother Language Day / UNESCO -- Grameen in Russia / Staff correspondent, The Daily Star -- Suggestions for further reading -- Acknowledgment of copyright and sources -- Index.
Overview: Bangladesh is the world's eighth most populous country. It has more inhabitants than either Russia or Japan, and its national language, Bengali, ranks sixth in the world in terms of native speakers. Founded in 1971, Bangladesh is a relatively young nation, but the Bengal Delta region has been a major part of international life for more than 2,000 years, whether as an important location for trade or through its influence on Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim life. Yet the country rarely figures in global affairs or media, except in stories about floods, poverty, or political turmoil. The Bangladesh Reader does what those portrayals do not: It illuminates the rich historical, cultural, and political permutations that have created contemporary Bangladesh, and it conveys a sense of the aspirations and daily lives of Bangladeshis. Intended for travelers, students, and scholars, the Reader encompasses first-person accounts, short stories, historical documents, speeches, treaties, essays, poems, songs, photographs, cartoons, paintings, posters, advertisements, maps, and a recipe. Classic selections familiar to many Bangladeshis-and essential reading for those who want to know the country-are juxtaposed with less-known pieces. The selections are translated from a dozen languages; many have not been available in English until now. Featuring eighty-three images, including seventeen in color, The Bangladesh Reader is an unprecedented, comprehensive introduction to the South Asian country's turbulent past and dynamic present.
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