Communalism in Bengal - From Famine to Noakhali, 1943-47

Communalism in Bengal - From Famine to Noakhali, 1943-47

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Author: Rakesh Batabyal
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 420
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0761933352


This book explores the ascent and trajectory of communal ideology in pre-Partition Bengal-from the famine of 1943 to the Noakhali riots of 1946-47. The first major work to analyse communalism as an ideology located in a concrete historical plane, this book argues that the period after 1943 witnessed a clash between nationalism and communalism, where communal ideologies embarked on a new phase, determined to replace nationalism.

Among the distinguishing features of this important study are that it:

Critically evaluates the historiography of communalism in India

Relates the occurrence of the Bengal famine of 1943 to the agendas and activities of the major political parties of that region-the Muslim League, the Hindu Mahasabha, the Congress and the Communist Party of India

Examines in detail the Calcutta riots of 1946 and the role of both the colonial authorities and the Premier of the province, H S Suhrawardy, in the violence

Presents an entirely fresh perspective on the reasons behind the Noakhali riots with the help of an array of new sources, both primary and secondary

Analyses Gandhi’s visit to Noakhali, presenting him as resolute and prepared to embark on an ideological fight against communalism.




Hunger and Politics
Politics Amidst Hunger
Politics Overtakes Hunger
War is Over: Efforts at Freedom
Violence Reigns: The Calcutta Riots
Violence Everywhere: The Noakhali-Tippera Riots
Looking for the Origins: The Noakhali-Tippera Riots
Battling with Hatred: Gandhi in Noakhali