Bengal Divided: Hindu Communalism and Partition, 1932-1947 by Joya Chatterji

By Joya Chatterji

While earlier experiences of the top of British rule in India have focused on the negotiations of the move of strength on the all-India point or have thought of the emergence of separatist politics among India's Muslim minorities, this learn offers a re-examination of the historical past of Bengal targeting the political and social procedures that resulted in the call for for partition in Bengal and tracing the increase of Hindu communalism. In its so much startling revelation, the writer indicates how the call for for a separate place of origin for the Hindus, which was once fuelled via a wide and robust component to Hindu society inside of Bengal, was once obvious because the in basic terms option to regain impression and to wrest strength from the Muslim majority. the image which emerges is certainly one of a stratified and fragmented society relocating clear of the mainstream of Indian nationalism, and more and more preoccupied with narrower, extra parochial issues.

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Many Muslim politicians had accepted separate representation, albeit as a 'necessary evil',44 but some still preferred joint electorates. In early August 1932, when the Minister of Local Self-Government, B. P. Singh Roy, introduced a Bill in the Council proposing joint electorates with no reservation of seats in the Municipalities, a number of Muslim members supported him. , 18 A u g u s t 1932. Amrita Bazar Patrika r e s p o n d e d t o this m o d e r a t e statement by accusing H u q of ' p a n d e r i n g t o the taste of his perverted co-religionists'.

Zetland Collection, IOLR MSS Eur 207/6. 'Hindu Leaders' Manifesto', undated, circulated by the Bengal Provincial Hindu Sabha in 1932. GBSB File N o . 6218/31. Bengal Anti-Communal Award Movement, p. 5. Bengal politics and the Communal Award 29 identity, and its implications for the politics of Bengal, will be discussed in later chapters. The response of Muslim politicians to the Award was not as clear-cut as that of Hindu leaders. Many Muslim Congressmen had left the Congress in the late twenties, after the death of Chittaranjan Das and the breakdown of the Hindu-Muslim Pact.

In early August 1932, when the Minister of Local Self-Government, B. P. Singh Roy, introduced a Bill in the Council proposing joint electorates with no reservation of seats in the Municipalities, a number of Muslim members supported him. , 18 A u g u s t 1932. Amrita Bazar Patrika r e s p o n d e d t o this m o d e r a t e statement by accusing H u q of ' p a n d e r i n g t o the taste of his perverted co-religionists'. Ibid. Amrita Bazar Patrika, 18 August 1932. M u j i b u r R a h m a n , Mussalman, 25 D e c e m b e r 1925.

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