I wanted to relay a bit of Bengali history. In 1947, conspiracy by the British resulted in separation from India to make a Muslim state (Bangladesh) and Hindu state (India). The British assumed that India would fall without Bangladesh. From 1947 to 1971 Pakistan ruled over what is now Bangladesh. In 1971 there was a brutal war, which resulted in Bangladesh becoming their own county independent from Pakistan. Religious oppression has been the root of these struggles although they are all of the Diaspora. The fight for freedom was headed by five students in 1952 who sacrificed their lives to speak out against Pakistan’s rule and free this country from oppression. The structure pictured above is a memorial to all those who fought for freedom. Many lost their lives during this war; there were also Freedom Fighters who were very instrumental in winning the war.
There have been two Nobel Peace Prize winners from Bangladesh. One was the beloved Tagore in 1913. He is a critical part of history of the Diaspora as well as Bengali history because he was the first person of color to ever win this prize. Tagore was an advocate for peace all over the world; he was a brilliant poet, writer, and prominent example of global heroism. Bangladesh is proud to have him as a part of their history. This country has had it’s share of war, heroism, and oppression just as we experience in the West. With less than 50 years of freedom under its belt, it continues to build itself up as time passes. The things I have experienced here have been a prominent example of the resilience people of the Diaspora share all over the world.