Today, on 26th March 1971 East Pakistan declares its independence from Pakistan to form Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Liberation War begins.
Prior to the Partition of British India, the Lahore Resolution initially envisaged separate Muslim-majority states in the eastern and northwestern zones of British India. The proposal of creating the separate Bangla state put forward by the Prime Minister Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy was turned down by the colonial authorities.
After the independence of India and Pakistan in 1947, the differences between the two parts of Pakistan escalated as they have nothing in common to exist as one and united nation. Moreover, even though, East Pakistan i.e. Bangla was larger in population political power remained in the hands of West Pakistanis.
These differences escalated because after the 1970 Bhola cyclone incident. This conflict widened into the Bangladesh Liberation War in December and concluded with the creation of Bangladesh. This was one of the first times that a natural event helped trigger a civil war.
The stamps shown above were issued by Bangladesh and India. The stamp of Bangladesh was issued on the 27th Anniversary of Independence. This 10 Taka stamp depicts students walking with the flag of Bangladesh.
The Indian stamp was issued in the year 10th April 1973 on the occasion of the inauguration of First Bangladesh Parliament. The stamp shows the map of Bangladesh inside a lotus flower with the national flag hoisted in it. This stamp comes with the denomination of 20 paise.
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