BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2018

Date of Submission



Dr. Nausheen H. Anwar, Professor, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


This thesis involves studying the dynamics between East and West Pakistan before their partition, in 1971. This project uses the approach of historical analysis to understand the language controversy of the time; the Urdu-Bangla conflict. The goal of this research project is to establish the role of students and their politics in undivided Pakistan (both wings), and how the students were a key factor in the Bengali Nationalist Movement. This project suggests the idea that in the absences of such student politics, the movement for Bengali independence would not have succeeded in gaining autonomy and a separate nation state. This paper navigates both ideologically and chronologically through the discourses, movements, and events of that time period, and unpacks the language movement in the context of student politics, religion, ethnicity and state hegemony.



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