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Recasting the RegionLanguage, Culture, and Islam in Colonial Bengal$
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Neilesh Bose

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198097280

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198097280.001.0001

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. Language and Religion in the Post-colonial State

. Language and Religion in the Post-colonial State

(p.237) 6. Language and Religion in the Post-colonial State
Recasting the Region

Neilesh Bose

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows the diversity of interpretations of the concept of Pakistan as discussed and debated by Bengalis, from 1944, through and including the political changes of 1947. Through an analysis of literary and cultural institutions established by the new state, it investigates how the ideals behind Pakistan were interpreted in the new world of nation-states in the new context of East Pakistan. It also contrasts the continuity of literary cultures in the new state of Pakistan with the political upheaval and contravention of the ideals of the Pakistan concept that occurred in the initial years of the new post-colonial state. The analysis ends at 1952 with the inauguration of the ‘language movement’, a political movement to establish recognition of Bengali as an official language of Pakistan.

Keywords:   Pakistan, decolonization, nation-states, East Pakistan, language movement, post-colonial, official language

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