Book Analysis: 'A Golden Age'

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Student Name Professor Name Subject Date A Golden Age Less than 30 years after the war of Independence, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and West Pakistan (now Pakistan) had grown so further apart, even from the obvious geographical disconnect, that the liberation war of 1971 could be termed as inevitable. For some it was the war of liberation but for many who lost their friends, neighbors and other loved ones, it was a time of selfish loss. Bengal's growing need for an identity, equal and ethnic acceptance and a pride in their mother language eventually led to many conflicts both emotional and political. Having been recently independent from British India, the Two Nation Theory was engraved in everyone's minds. But the geographical division of East and West Pakistan was much more than distance; it was felt as a conspiracy for West Pakistan to govern the entire country (Bose, 1).The war was considered an unnecessary act by some as autonomy was the desired result and not a new country. However as the story of the lives of civilians unfold the distrust and unfairness of the situation in the country is seen to be evident. Perhaps it was this feeling of unequal representation and a desire for provincial autonomy that led to an ever present sense of estrangement. That time was considered the golden age of Bengal and the characters are faced with that piece of history that eventually helped change the map of the world. In addition to the linguistic, racial, temperamental,
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