By Joya Chatterji
While prior experiences of the tip of British rule in India have focused on the negotiations of the move of energy on the all-India point or have thought of the emergence of separatist politics among India's Muslim minorities, this examine presents a second look of the heritage of Bengal concentrating on the political and social methods that ended in the call for for partition in Bengal and tracing the increase of Hindu communalism. In its such a lot startling revelation, the writer indicates how the call for for a separate place of birth for the Hindus, which was once fuelled by way of a wide and robust component to Hindu society inside of Bengal, was once obvious because the merely technique to regain effect and to wrest energy from the Muslim majority. the image which emerges is one in every 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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Additional resources for Bengal Divided: Hindu Communalism and Partition, 1932-1947
C. Chatterjee of the Hindu Sabha denounced the Award as a 'betrayal', arguing that 'the outflowering [sic] of the Bengalee Hindu genius, and the upbuilding of Bengal's new civilisation and culture has been the outstanding phenomenon of British India', and that British rule had enabled Bengali Hindu civilisation to flourish. Placing the Muslims on the gaddi would return Bengal to the dark age before Plassey. This, he argued, would be 'to repudiate all that the British have brought about in Bengal since 1757; it would be to initiate a new chapter of Bengal's history headed "The Betrayal of Britain and Bengal'".
Should not have been ignored. 42 This statement was also signed by Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, a member of one of the most prominent Muslim families of Bengal and a former Swarajist who had once been appointed the Deputy Mayor of the Calcutta Corporation by Chittaranjan Das. Huq and Suhrawardy, rivals in most other fields, made common cause in their response to the Award. Other signatories included Abul Kasem, Azizul Huque, Tamizuddin Khan and Musharraf Hossain, who belonged to a variety of different factions and camps.
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. Cited in K e n n e t h M a c P h e r s o n , The Muslim Microcosm.