ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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What Bangla Revolution Was Not

ALL revolutions are unfinished, some more unfinished than others, and some very, very unfinished, as if a sculptor abandoned his work in fear or disgust he fore it could even silhoutte, the frame he had in his mind. Such, it seems, is the Bangladesh "revolution", which thrilled so many Indians and Bangladeshis just 10 years ago. After the first flush of euphoric accounts, analysts began to take an increasingly hard look at the offspring of the blood and tumult of 1971. Maniruzzaman's hook deserves special attention because it is probably the most objective and credible analysis so far of what the joy Bangla revolution actually was, why it lost its steam so quickly, and why Bangladesh's political development has been so distorted and convulsive. The assassination of General Ziaur Rahman and the subsequent political events or non-events in Bangladesh enhance the value of this study. Talukdar Maniruz/.- zaman realised in 1979 what became so aburptly apparent in 1981: the Bangladesh armed forces have neutralised themselves both as a political and as a military force as a result of multiple internal convulsions. Not only are the officers imprisoned in acute factionalism and contending personal ambitions, they have little command of the rank and file of the armed forces

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