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'''Bangladesh''' (officially the '''People's Republic of Bangladesh''') is a country in South Asia which is bordered by [[India]] and to a lesser extent Myanmar. It is a heavily [[Muslim]] country with a substantial [[Hindu]] minority. It was called Eastern Pakistan, being the easternmost region of Pakistan before the Bangladeshi War of Independence in 1971, an armed conflict which lasted for 9 months and resulted in the creation of the nation of Bangladesh and resulted in it being severed from Pakistan.
The war with [[Pakistan]] started due to a variety of factors but chiefly because of the suppression of the ethno-linguistic and religious identity of Bengali Hindus and Muslims in East Bengal. The Pakistani army used extreme force to suppress the rebellion, and engaged in a systematic genocide of Bengalis, chiefly targeting Hindus<ref name="sundaytimes6_13_71">''The Sunday Times'', London, June 13, 1971, From ''The Sunday Times'', June 13, 1971:<blockquote>The Government's policy for East Bengal was spelled out to me in the Eastern Command headquarters at Dacca. It has three elements: 1. The Bengalis have proved themselves unreliable and must be ruled by West Pakistanis; 2. The Bengalis will have to be re-educated along proper Islamic lines. The - Islamization of the masses - this is the official jargon - is intended to eliminate secessionist tendencies and provide a strong religious bond with West Pakistan; 3. When the Hindus have been eliminated by death and fight, their property will be used as a golden carrot to win over the under privileged Muslim middle-class. This will provide the base for erecting administrative and political structures in the future.</blockquote></ref>, for total eradication.<ref name="thedailystar-2005-12-14">Asadullah Khan ''[ The loss continues to haunt us]'' in The [[Daily Star (Bangladesh)|]] [[December 14]], 2005</ref><ref name="usconsulate-1971-03-31">U.S. Consulate (Dacca) Cable, Sitrep: [ Army Terror Campaign Continues in Dacca; Evidence Military Faces Some Difficulties Elsewhere], [[March 31]], [[1971]], Confidential, 3 pp</ref> At the onset of the Bengali nationalist rebellion led by the [[Awami League]], Pakistani forces targeted [[Hindus]], Bengali intellectuals, students and political activists, especially at college campuses in the capital [[Dhaka]] and other cities.<ref name=sajit-gandhi>Sajit Gandhi ''[ The Tilt: The U.S. and the South Asian Crisis of 1971 National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 79]'' [[December 16]], [[2002]]</ref><ref>[]</ref>. The Bangladesh Liberation War war ended with Indian intervention , resulting in the total defeat of Pakistani forces, and the new nation of Bangladesh was formed on 1971.
The national language of Bangladesh is Bangla or Bengali. It is the third largest Muslim nation.