This lead to the overwhelming victory of the United Front in the 1954 East Bengali
Legislative Elections where the once-mighty Muslim League was completely routed, underestimating the ethno-linguistic grievances of the majority wing.
Bai is also known for spending time with East Bengali
refugees, soon after the partition that followed Indian independence in 1947.
Quaid-i-Azam greatly felt that East Bengali
had been considered as negligible in quality and quantity for military purposes.
My parents were of East Bengali
stock, and their memories of the verdant land where they had been born and grown up, were an integral part of my childhood.
If it was desired to re-orient the East Bengali
culture the answer did not lie in using repressive measures.
While Assam witnessed frequent ethnic clashes between natives and settlers of East Bengali
origin since late 1970s, West Bengal -- with a history of subliminal friction due to legacies of partition -- sits on a powder keg.
The migrants say they are mostly descended from East Bengali
Muslims brought to Assam by the British to boost agricultural output by taming the "Chars" (river islands) -- and that they are as Indian as the ethnic Assamese or the tribes people in the state.
We are on the look-out for a lady in Kolkata who can cook east Bengali
food," Kulandai said.
While Muslims claim they are the descendants of East Bengali
Muslims brought to Assam during the British Raj, local communities counter that by saying that the increasing Muslim population consists of refugees from the erstwhile East Pakistan prior to the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War and subsequent migrants from Bangladesh who are blamed illegal by the Bodos.
I explore these issues by focusing on a specific historical event--the British Partition of India in 1947--and the diverse set of East Bengali
refugee diasporas that emerge out of this period.
It is especially East Bengali
scholars who have distinguished or are distinguishing themselves in this regard; one particularly indefatigable collector, who has also been instrumental in saving the songs of several very important Bauls from oblivion, is Saikat Asgar.