Chiseled and incisive, this book provides interpretive accounts of major riots involving Hindus and Muslims in Bangladesh and West Bengal during and after the Partition of India: 1946, 1950 and 1964. Drawing on the extensive research into contemporary accounts and documents to chronicle these devastating riots, it identifies the key incidents, individuals, organizations, and trends associated with these purposeful bloodlettings and responses to them. Showing how and why the rule of law quickly eroded, Dr. Biswas shines his lights on mob violence and religious fundamentalism that ran amok. Equally important, the book shows how different human agencies of peace started operations to restore sanity within the society gripped in violence.
Madam Bhikaji Rustom Cama is one of the tallest representatives of the revolutionary stream of our freedom movement. She dedicated her life in organizing armed revolution against the oppressive British rule in India from abroad along with Shyamji Krishna Varma, Lala Hardayal, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Virendranath Chattopadhyay, M. N. Roy Dr. Bhupendranath Dutta and many others. She was the first who unfurled the Indian National Flag in foreign soil at the International Socialist Congress at Stuttgart, Germany in 1907. In her impassioned speech she urged upon the delegates to extend moral and material help to India’s freedom struggle. She devoted her entire life and energy in arousing world support for India’s cause and providing active help and encouragement to a fiery band of Indian revolutionaries. She is called, therefore, the mother of Indian Revolution. The writer marshalling many known and unknown documents has presented here in a lucid style Madam Cama’s life and activities. He had also presented here the works of other revolutionaries connected with her. Their lives and works should be better known to the people of India particularly to the younger generation.