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Friday, 28 March 2008

The ancestors of the people of Bangladesh came from many races of mankind: Austric, Dravidian, Mongoloids, Homo-Alpine, Mediterranean Brown, Aryan and so on. The Semitic people of the Arab world had maintained trading and political relations with this pan of the world down to the arrival of the Europeans. The Mongoloid stocks from the Arakan region and Tibet regularly visited eastern Bengal and many had settled here.

Today's Chakmas and Maghs of the Chittagong Hill Tracts owe their origin to those early visitors. Like the Muslims, the minority Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and tribal communities freely engage themselves in various occupations including political and social activities.

Bangladesh rightly claims itself to be a model of communal harmony. Bangladesh was under Muslim rule for five and a half centuries followed by another two hundred years of British rule. In August, 1947, it gained independence from British rule along with the rest of India forming the eastern wing of Pakistan. But soon the people found that the so-called independence, earned on the basis of the 'two-nation theory', was illusory. Discontent and the spirit of rebellion grew. And finally, in December 1971, after a historic Liberation War of nine months, Bangladesh became a truly independent and sovereign state. 

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