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Hungry Bengal: War, Famine, Riots and the End of Empire authored by Janam Mukherjee

Sep 30, 2015 13:13 IST

Hungry Bengal: War, Famine, Riots and the End of Empire: Janam Mukherjee
The book titled Hungry Bengal. War, Famine, Riots and the End of Empire authored by Janam Mukherjee was in news in fourth week of September 2015.

The book Hungry Bengal highlights the tumultuous period in the history of Bengal before the independence and after partition of India.  It says that Bengal represented both as a major front in the Indian struggle against colonial rule, as well as a crucial front in the British/American conflict with Japan during World War II.

It highlights that for the British the priority was to save the empire from imminent collapse, for the majority of the Indian population the 1940s were years of acute scarcity, violent dislocation and enduring calamity.

It tells that there are three major crises that shaped the social, economic and political context of pre-partition Bengal and they were
• The Second World War
• The Bengal famine of 1943
• The Calcutta riots of 1946

The book also examined the intricately interconnected events, foregrounding the political economy of war and famine in order to analyse the complex nexus of hunger, war and civil violence in colonial Bengal at the twilight of British rule.

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