Posted in books, history, music, society by jrahman on August 12, 2011

Seven trashes collected by the senses.

Front Cover

– Of the ides of March and the guns of August:

– Who’s better than the real thing?  (And the answer is probably correct).

– Dolphins are cool, as is dolphinomics:  finding more and better food, getting more and better sex, finding safer environments for the children, and learning to enjoy other dolphins more — what else does one need?

– It seems that Maolana Azad understood those recalcitrant Bengalis far better than Messrs Jinnah-Gandhi-Nehru:

The other important point that has escaped Mr Jinnah’s attention is Bengal. He does not know that Bengal disdains outside leadership and rejects it sooner or later. During World War II, Mr Fazlul Haq revolted against Jinnah and was thrown out of the Muslim League. Mr H.S. Suhrawardy does not hold Jinnah in high esteem. Why only Muslim League, look at the history of Congress. The revolt of Subhas Chandra Bose is known to all. Gandhiji was not happy with the presidentship of Bose and turned the tide against him by going on a fast unto death at Rajkot. Subhas Bose rose against Gandhiji and disassociated himself from the Congress. The environment of Bengal is such that it disfavours leadership from outside and rises in revolt when it senses danger to its rights and interests.

The confidence of East Pakistan will not erode as long as Jinnah and Liaquat Ali are alive. But after them any small incident will create resentment and disaffection. I feel that it will not be possible for East Pakistan to stay with West Pakistan for any considerable period of time. There is nothing common between the two regions except that they call themselves Muslims. But the fact of being Muslim has never created durable political unity anywhere in the world. The Arab world is before us; they subscribe to a common religion, a common civilisation and culture and speak a common language. In fact they acknowledge even territorial unity. But there is no political unity among them. Their systems of government are different and they are often engaged in mutual recrimination and hostility. On the other hand, the language, customs and way of life of East Pakistan are totally different from West Pakistan. The moment the creative warmth of Pakistan cools down, the contradictions will emerge and will acquire assertive overtones. These will be fuelled by the clash of interests of international powers and consequently both wings will separate.

There are other prescient observations about Pakistan here (hat tip: Robin Khundkar).

This reminded me of Bon Bibi.  Bon Bibi, Shah Jangali and Dakkhin Ray — why, that’s even better than the dynamic duo!

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  1. Dhakashohor said, on August 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Ahh those recalcitrant Bengalis. 🙂 Very interesting piece.

  2. oomabelle said, on August 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Maulana Azad really thought several blocks ahead of the other heads on the block. Seems also to have a accurate reading of forthcoming exploiters. His ideas and Maulana Shah Ahmad Madani’s, and Iqbals for that matter need more critical appreciation. Sod the commemoration politics.

    Perpetual creative warmth to all.

    Weird thing. Independance v1 occurs over laylatul qadr.

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