Authored By: Koushiki Dasgupta
Year of Publication: 2016
|Pages: 122||Binding: Hardback(HB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
|Price in Rs. 490.00||Price in (USA) $. 39.2|
The story of Bengal partition (1947) cannot be understood through a general analysis of the so-called “high politics` of the Indian National Congress and the Muslim League. There are many ‘silences` in the pre histories of partition as well as in the making of nation states in India and Pakistan afterwards. Historians have laid scant attention on the role played by the Muslim business and mercantile communities in the modern history of south Asia.. In general the Muslim businessmen were not taken seriously rather they were cornered at a point of historical stagnation.This monograph deals with the Muslim businessmen of Bengal, their political aspirations as well as their attitude of adjustment to the Pakistan proposal. Since the interests of the non-Bengali Muslim businessmen were different from the Bengali Muslims, this book takes note how the issues of Muslim big business and partition was settled in Bengal and how the personalities like M.A Jinnah, Ispahani, Adamjee and others had emerged as the source of inspirations for the Muslim businessmen in the ‘end game of empire`.
Dr. Koushiki Dasgupta is Assistant Professor of History, University of Gour Banga, Malda, West Bengal. Secured the position of First Class First with Distinction marks in Post Graduate Examination; she has done her doctoral research on minor political parties in late colonial Bengal. Currently working on a research project on Hindu political discourse in Bengal funded by the ICHR, New Delhi, she received the Charles Wallace Trust, London, Research Grant in 2014 to conduct research in UK. Received Associateship in the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla in 2015 and ICSSR foreign travel grant to present paper in IFSSO conference in Istanbul, 2013. She has taken part in different national and international conferences and participated in literary festivals in India as a poet too. Apart from a numbers of published research papers, she has a book titled Minor Political Parties in Late Colonial Bengal Politics1921-1947, Abhijeet Publications, New Delhi, a book of poems in Bengali and a booklet of poems in English.Her special areas of interests are literary history, communal politics and gender studies.