Gana Prajatantri Bangladesh (People’s Republic of Bangladesh)
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


India s Maurya Empire established Buddhism in Bengal (Bangla) in the 3rd century BC. The Buddhist Pala Dynasty ruled Bengal and Bihar independently from 750 AD, exporting Buddhism to Tibet. Hinduism regained dominance under the Sena Dynasty in the 11th century until the Muslim invasions in 1203–04. Rule from Delhi was broken in the 14th century by local Bengali kings. The Afghan adventurer Sher Shah conquered Bengal in 1539 and defeated the Mughal Emperor Humayun, creating an extensive administrative empire in North India. However, Mughal power was re-established by Akbar in 1576.


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Further Reading

  1. Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Statistical Yearbook of Bangladesh.—Statistical Pocket Book of Bangladesh.Google Scholar
  2. Ahmed, A. F. S., Bangladesh: Tradition and Transformation. Dhaka, 1987Google Scholar
  3. Hajnoczy, R., Fire of Bengal. Bangladesh Univ. Press, 1993Google Scholar
  4. Muhith, A. M. A., Issues of Governance in Bangladesh. Mowla Brothers, Dhaka, 2000Google Scholar
  5. Rashid, H. U., Foreign Relations of Bangladesh. Rishi Publications, Varanasi, 2001Google Scholar
  6. Tajuddin, M., Foreign Policy of Bangladesh: Liberation War to Sheikh Hasina. National Book Organisation, New Delhi, 2001Google Scholar
  7. Ziring, L., Bangladesh from Mujib to Ershad: an Interpretive Study. OUP, 1993Google Scholar
  8. National statistical office: Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Planning, DhakaGoogle Scholar

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