Bangladesh (Modern World Nations) by Charles F. Gritzner

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The key idea in his agenda was to increase the autonomy of East Pakistan. President Mohammad Ayub Khan of Pakistan was trying to push the country in the opposite direction, toward integration of East and West Pakistan. Mujib was arrested by the government in 1968. Violence, strikes, and protests followed, and in 042-050_MWN-BANG_04 1/26/07 3:44 PM Page 47 The Rise of Bangladesh 1969, Ayub resigned and General Agha Mohammad Yahya Khan assumed control of the Pakistani government. He instituted martial law to quell the chaos and violence.

413. It was during the reign of the second Chandragupta that India reached the peak of its wealth and opulence. Chandragupta II was the grandson of Chandragupta I. He was from a different family lineage than Chandragupta Maurya of the earlier Mauryan Empire, which 028-041_MWN-BANG_03 1/26/07 3:43 PM Page 33 Bangladesh Through Time was located in eastern India in the area that includes much of present-day Bangladesh. The end of the Gupta Empire came with the invasion by the Hephthalites, or White Huns.

As you can imagine, this bred considerable resentment. Much of the Muslims’ plight, however, stemmed from the fact that they were less educated. The lower status of Muslims is well captured in a quote from Mansur Ali, a Bengali who described the situation in the following terms: “In Bengal, the landlord is Hindu, the peasant Muslim. The money lender is Hindu, the client is Muslim. The jailor is Hindu, the prisoner is Muslim. ” This status of inferiority was combined 028-041_MWN-BANG_03 1/26/07 3:43 PM Page 41 Bangladesh Through Time with a numerical disadvantage when compared to the huge Hindu population.

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