Bangladesh: Quest for Freedom and Justice by Kamal HossainBangladesh: Quest for Freedom and Justice by Kamal Hossain

Bangladesh: Quest for Freedom and Justice

byKamal Hossain

Hardcover | August 15, 2013

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This insider's account deals in detail with the political developments that led to the emergence of independent Bangladesh. The post-independence challenges described here are a valuable source of information on different aspects of state building. Kamal Hossain gives us a vivid eyewitnessaccount. His own involvement in different phases of the political struggle was intimate. It began from his personal association as legal defence for freedom of the media and victims of repression in the 1960s, in particular in the Agartala Conspiracy case. His later association with the AwamiLeague's team at Ayub's Round Table Conference and, still later, with Yahya Khan in 1971, provides valuable historical insights into the events leading to Bangladesh's war of independence.After independence, as Minister of Law, Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee (1972), and later as Minister of Foreign Affairs, and of Petroleum and Minerals (1973-1975), he focuses on the challenges of state building and political transformation. He offers thoughtful analyses of how acountry ravaged by war and deprived of resources managed to give itself a secular, democratic Constitution, won the respect of the world, gained membership of the United Nations and actively pursued peace and stability in the region. Bangladesh's pursuit of democracy was short lived as representative governance and secular, democratic politics were to be stifled by military rule. Bangladesh: Quest for Freedom and Justice as a political memoir offers critical insights into the processes of state formation in the initialyears.
Kamal Hossain started his legal career after completing his BCL degree from Oxford University and the Bar in 1959. During military rule, he defended the freedom of the media, political freedoms and civil liberties in the courts, and was one of the counsels for Bangabandhu ('Friend of Bengal', title of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) in the Agar...
Title:Bangladesh: Quest for Freedom and JusticeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0 inPublished:August 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199068534

ISBN - 13:9780199068531


Table of Contents

Prologue1. Historical Background2. The Six Points Programme3. From Agartala Conspiracy Case to the Round Table Conference (December 1967 to March 1969)4. The Round Table Conference (February to March 1969)5. From Martial Law to General Elections and After (March 1969 to March 1971)6. Non-Cooperation Movement (March 1 to March 25, 1971)7. Military Crackdown, Jail and Homecoming (March 25, 1971 to January 10, 1972)8. Challenge of State-Building: The First Steps9. The Making of the Constitution10. Foreign Policy: Pre-Independence Orientations11. Development of Foreign Relations12. Relations with India13. Relations with Pakistan14. Bangladesh at the United NationsEpilogueAppendicesIndex