Talk:Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy

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I've tidied this page up a bit. It could still do with more detail and an accuracy check, particularly on Suhrawardy's political life in Pakistan and his death. I don't think Freedom at Midnight is a particularly accurate source! -- TinaSparkle 15:26, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

Should Bengali politicians, even though they held office in the then Pakistan, have their names in Urdu among other languages? I think the Urdu part should be deleted as being not necessary. Abul Bakhtiar (talk) 04:01, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

Death anniversary[edit]

Today is the 44th death anniversary of Suhrawardy. I found befitting coverage of him in Dhaka media(both print and electronic).President of Bangladesh has also given recalling message on this occassion.On this day, I would request wikipedians from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and other countries to devote more time in depicting this true liberal democrate of South Asia. Hossain Akhtar Chowdhury (talk) 11:59, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

Yes, President & the defecto Prime Minister of Bangldesh paid profound tributes to Suhrawardy on his 44th death anniversary. But it is my strong believe that there are not enough publications on Suhrawardy available in English other than that of Shaista Ekramullah's one. Can anyone help me in finding more English books, articles on Suhrawardy?Al-minar (talk) 12:25, 6 December 2007 (UTC)
The only full biography of Suhrawardy in English is the Ikramullah one (Karachi; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991). His own memoirs were edited by Mohammad H.R. Talukdar (Dhaka: University Press, 1987). Other than that, there are references to him in other books: I seem to remember quite a bit (very negative) in M.J. Akbar's biography of Jawaharlal Nehru. There is a little in Freedom at Midnight but, as I've said above, I don't think that book is a reliable source. Most accounts of partition have some reference to him but generally do not say much about the rest of his career and life beyond his involvement in the Direct Action Day in Calcutta and other events of 1945-47. -- TinaSparkle (talk) 14:44, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

The Complete Politician[edit]

An article with above caption was published in Weekly Time on September 24, 1956.This article depicts attitude of western media towards Suhrawardy. I have added it as external link in the wikipedia article.Hossain Akhtar Chowdhury (talk) 09:02, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

Direct Action Day[edit]

The section on Direct Action day is almost comically biased and will have to be completely re-written before it conforms to NPOV. Tec15 (talk) 10:07, 22 November 2009 (UTC)

Hi all - I've come across a very objective article by Nakazato Nariaki titled The politics of a Partition Riot: Calcutta in August 1946 in a book by Sato Tsugitaka called Muslim Societies (2004 RoutledgeCurzon). Its available at and it talks in detail about what happened during the direct action day riots. He explores the social and political factors that played their part in influencing the Partition Riots and tries to understand the motivations of each of the Muslims, Hindus and British in understanding why those riots occurred and how they played out. In particular he states:

"the Calcutta disturbances broke out in a highly fluid, unstable situation. It was a historical event which took place in the power vacuum that was being created by impending decolonization. The British were bound to go and systemic breakdown was inevitable; but a nationalist political system to take their place was yet to assume a definite shape. When considering the Calcutta Riots, and their political aspect in particular, one needs to seriously take into account the problem of instability peculiar to such a transitional period."

Additionally, about Suhrawardy's speech Nariaka says: "On the platform at the rally were Suhrawardy, Nazimuddin, Abul Hashim, Lal Mia and other prominent Muslim leaders. It goes without saying that this rally furnished an ideal occasion to make a display of solidarity. It is reported, however, that Nazimuddin made 'a woolly speech', while Suhrawardy's speech sounded 'Laodicean'. The rally also began later and dispersed earlier than scheduled. In point of fact, it could not be otherwise, because rioting had already spread to most parts of the city. A senior police officer recalled that before going to the Maidan, Suhrawardy told him: 'I shall make my speech a very brief one. Tell them all to go off home as soon as possibly (sic)'. Here is the report of his address to the audience in Urdu: He [Suhrawardy] urged the audience to follow the League and the lead of Mr. Jinnah conscientiously and not to do so blindly… The Cabinet Mission had bluffed the Muslim League before they left India…he wanted to throw a challenge to Pandit Nehru that he and his Government in Bengal refused to be ruled by him. He had no mind to detain the audience longer. This day would prove to be the first step towards their struggle for emancipation. They should return home early for Aftar. He had found the Muslims peaceful in course of visit to Mahallas in the morning, when he made arrangements for volunteers. He had seen to Police and Military arrangements who would not interfere. The audience should move in groups and defend their co-religionists. It is the italicised portion of the above quotation that F.J. Burrows, governor of Bengal, singled out to condemn Suhrawardy for extending 'an open invitation to disorder' to 'an uneducated audience'. However, one gets a different impression when considering the speech in the light of his conversation with the police officer before going to the meeting. It appears that in his speech Suhrawardy tried to give the Muslim masses two contradictory messages: he told them to follow the League's militant line, while he tried to persuade them to go home peacefully in groups. The Congress tried to use the crisis to its own political advantage. Rather than confronting the Muslim League's protest about the Cabinet Mission proposals head-on, it opted to duck the issue by tactfully shifting the battle line. Governor Burrows declared 16 August to be a public holiday and this provided the Congress with an ideal foothold for launching a counteroffensive. The Enquiry Commission revealed later that a public holiday was not the brainchild of the Muslim League ministry, but was suggested by a British high official, R.L. Walker, the then chief secretary of Bengal. According to Walker, Suhrawardy was not certain at the start, but agreed with him after discussing the matter. Burrows gave his assent 'fairly readily'. Walker testified before the Commission that he made this proposal with the hope that the risk of conflicts, especially those related to picketing, would be minimized if government offices, commercial houses and shops remained closed throughout Calcutta on the sixteenth."

--Shahidijamil (talk) 14:12, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

I just can't imagine, what type of mentality the writer of this section has, trying so deliberately to defame a renowned political figure who undoubtedly played significant role in the history of 3 countries of today's world: Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. The idea of Wikipedia has always been to share and spread knowledge, to provide free access to information to anybody. I don't know if this immensely respected project should be defiled with such propaganda which can be made only in an unquestionably retarded mind. It is just unacceptable that Wikipedia will be used to provide a platform for a maniac to give hate speech or racist comments against the followers of a major religion. Phdhaka (talk) 21:20, 14 June 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Phdhaka (talkcontribs) 19:06, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

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It is unfortunate that some Congress leaders to suit their political purpose stereotyped Suhrawardy. However, came under the influence of Mahatma Gandhi when he met him Sodepur, near Calcutta, when Gandhiji was leave for Nohakali, an extremely disturbed area in East Bengal now in Bangladesh. He had a complete change of and he also made a damning and a secret report by Judge Simpson on violence at Nohakali available to Gandhiji by a clever and selective leak the press in defiance of his Governor and his cabinet. The story re-told in an article Mahatma Gandhi’s miracle at Sodepur – How Attenborough’s Gandhi misestimates Surhawardy’s Role and Persona - in my book Pulsates of Calcutta

One sided[edit]

Why is this article completely missing his role as the premier of Bengal and a proponent of United Bengal?--ArmanJ (talk) 04:32, 26 June 2013 (UTC)

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