Guv launches book on Bengal history

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 06, 2012 07:53 hrs

West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan launched a new book by by author Nitish Sengupta depicting the history of Bengal titled Land of Two Rivers.

The book was launched in presence of many dignitaries from India and Bangladesh including Professor Suranjan Das, Vice Cancellor of Calcutta University, Tariq Karim, Bangladesh High Commissioner to New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the governor said, "I am highly privileged to launch the book of my friend and one time colleague."

"This enriched book takes us through how Bengal, at the confluence of two major river the Ganges and the Bramhaputra was always the hub of abundance of treasures, cultures, intellects and trade since the age of Mahabharata to the partition of Bengal in 1947 and creation of a newly made different Muslim country as Bangladesh " Narayanan added.

Speaking to reporters, Sengupta said, "The book contains seven sections which include the culture, the historical events ranging from the ancient time of the epic Mahabharata to the days of Gauda, Pala and Sena dynasties."

"It also tracks how the region evolved into the medieval time of Hindus, Pathans, Mughals, Nawabs, British and beyond," he said.

´Land of Two Rivers: A History of Bengal from the Mahabharata to Mujib´, published by Penguin is available in bookstores for Rs 650.

(Reporting by Barshali Banerjee)

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