THE WOUNDED LAND: Peoples, Politics, Culture, War Crimes Liberation War and Literature in Bangladesh

In our so-called global village, we are perhaps, going through the hardest times. The whole human situation is fast deteriorating. The societies and cultures are suffering at the hands of terrorism, fundamentalism, religious militancy, and fanaticism and the same is true of our dearly bought country, Bangladesh.

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About The Author

Rashid Askari

Rashid Askari has emerged as a writer in the mid-nineties of the last century, and has, by now, written half a dozen books, and quire a large number of research articles, essays, and newspaper columns in Bengli and English. His two Bengali books : Indo-English Literature and Others (Dhaka-1990) and Postmodern Literary and Criminal Theory (Dhaka-2002) deserve special mention. He also writes short fictions in Bengli and English. His first short-story book in Bengali Today's Folktale was published in 1997. Another short-story book in English is awaiting publication. Currently, he is working on an English fiction. Rashid Askari is an open-minded and free thinking author. He does not see things through any fixed ideological glass. Close and careful observation, compelling arguments, smart and scholarly analysis, and high linguistic elegance are the hallmarks of his writing. He is craftsman of the written word, and has developed an excellent command of the King's English. There always remains a scattering of literary devices in his writing, which adds extra spice to his style.

After a lapse of only four decades, it turns much away from its avowed goals. The true spirit of our Liberation War is vitiated by the horrid spectra of the anti-Liberation forces, democracy and rule of law are trampled under military boots; the constitution is dissected by unlawful rulers and opportunist politicians, and the road to democracy and secularism is throttled by appallingly increasing terrorism and religious military. All these have made our beloved Bangladesh’s wounded land.’ This is the real angst of our time. The author has tried to paint the gravity of the situation in Bangladesh. The subjects of the book, among others, include unique single-topic issues like the Language. Movement and the Liberation War, global cutting-edge concerns like terrorism, religious militancy, and warcrimes, and crucial national events and pressing records like the post-liberation political transitions and tensions, rule of Alliance and Great Alliance Governments, Caretaker hegemony, Army interventions, recession, price-hike etc. The book is written in excellent English. The readers can savour it with obvious literary relish, and finally be left with an effect of current history.


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