An Austro-Asian race first inhabited the region of Bangladesh in an unknown pre-historic age. Then came the Dravidians, Aryans and Mongolians. Archaeological excavations show signs of powerful dynasties who ruled the land till the Turks, Persians and Afghans conquered it in the 11th century and established their rule. After their rule the British in the 18th century took over. In 1947, the British left and the country became the eastern province of Pakistan.
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The neighbouring Indian state of West Bengal shared a common history with the people of Bangladesh until 1947.
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In 1971 following a nine month National Liberation War waged against Pakistan (see the Wikipedia page on the attrocaties of this war) the people's Republic of Bangladesh was born. The first President was Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Watch a short video clip depicting Bangladesh's volatile history since 1971 to present.
A DVD of the historical Concert for Bangladesh (1971) featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, Allerekha and others has been released.
To learn more, visit www.theconcertforbangladesh.com
For more information on the liberation war see:
The following links give information from various perspectives on the history of Bangladesh:
Bangladesh independence videos: