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Activity Discussion History Partition of Bengal Reply To: Partition of Bengal

  • Srijita

    June 1, 2023 at 10:54 pm
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    The Partition of Bengal was the decision of separating eastern parts of Bengal from the rest of Bengal. It was announced on 19 July 1905 by the Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon. The reason given for the decision was that Bengal with a population of 78 million had become too big to be administered. The real motive behind the partition was the British desire to weaken Bengal, the nerve center of Indian nationalism, So they divided the people of Bengal based on religion, that is, the Hindus and the Muslims. The British justified the partition by stating that The British said that the partition was an important step in the development of East Bengal. They felt that the partition gave more opportunities in higher education and employment for the Muslims in East Bengal. With the partition, the British could focus on spreading education and increasing employment opportunities in East Bengal. It was also a way to improve the trade capabilities of East Bengal whereas the original plan according to the British Viceroy, Lord Curzon, was to carve out modern-day Bangladesh and Assam as East Bengal and make Dhaka the new capital. The other part would be West Bengal including the regions of present-day West Bengal, Bihar, and Odisha. The British cited the administrative reasons for the partition of Bengal.

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