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Old September 26, 2012, 02:32 AM
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Originally Posted by al Furqaan
What are bengalis? Are they like gypsies?
Bengalis in the Anglicized form or 'Bangalees' in our own nomenclature, is what the people of Bangladesh are known as. That is the literal definition. You would know this if you'd ever read the Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh (Article 6(2) if you're interested). It is also what the people of West Bengal and large communities in Assam, Tripura, etc. consider themselves to be.

Revolutions in Kolkata prompted revolutions in the erstwhile Dacca, Assam, etc. and vice versa. Revolutions that started in Park Circus in Kolkata would affect the rights of dock laborers in Chittagong and unrest in Sylhet would affect policy in Kolkata. Again, you'd know this if you'd ever take the time to read about the abolition of permanent settlement and peasant rebellions, the lives of Sher-e-Bangla Fazlul Haq and HM Suhrwardy and contemporaneous labor leaders, the early years of Maulana Bhashani, Bangabandhu, etc.

In sum, as Bangalees have always been at the vanguard of revolutions, the writer was using it as a literary device to call for a revolution in our cricket.
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