Monday, September 19, 2011

Current affairs
19 Sep 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com
Speaking Bengali in Dhaka

By Jyoti Malhotra

What is quickly obvious too is that Bangladesh is so overwhelmingly, Bengali. Perhaps my surprise is a function of the fact that the flight from predominantly Punjabi-speaking Delhi is the same distance to Dhaka — two and a half hours — as it is from Kannada-speaking Bangalore or Tamil-speaking Chennai or the Bollywood Hindi that you can’t escape in Mumbai. Professor Maimoon, a third friend, tells me that Bangladesh is now compiling a list of all those who helped fight the war in 1971, a list of muktijoddhas from all over the world. “There are several Indians in it, of course, but there are Pakistanis too. These are the people who had the courage to stand up against their own government. They are our friends too,” Maimoon said. -- Jyoti Malhotra

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