The book is a history of the people who speak Bengali in Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal and Other Bengali-speaking areas of country - from the earliest recorded times to 1947 when the Indian subcontinent was partitioned into India and Pakistan, and nearly tow-thirds of undivided Bengal went out of India. The study starts with the origin of the Bangalee race and traces the growth of Bengali language, which is the one great motivation force that binds together racially different people who converse in this language. The study focuses on the political history of the Bengalees from the earliest times to the time when the tow Bengals stopped sharing a common political history. It delves into the cultural, linguistic, literary and social aspects of Bengal's development only in so far as they have a direct impact on the political developments of the time.
About the Author
A civil servant, academician, management expert and author, Dr. Nitish Sengupta had his education at the Presidency College, Calcutta, and secured a ' double first' in B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in History. A gold medallist in the M.A. examination, he started his career as Assistant Professor of History in Presidency College and thereafter joined the IAS. While working in the IAS, he did his Doctorate in Management from the University of Delhi.
He has worked as Revenue Secretary, Government of India, Secretary, Planning Commission, Controller of Capital Issues, Director General of Tourism, and Secretary (Information and Culture), Government of West Bengal. He has also represented India at various UN bodies and was elected Chairman, UN Commission on Transnational Cooperation. His other publications include Changing Patterns of Corporate Management, Government and Business, Inside the Steel Frame and Unshacking of the Indian Industry. After his retirement, he returned to the Academia and became the Director General, International Management Institute, New Delhi. He has recently joined politics and is currently a member of the Lok Sabha.
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