Chapter 9


1. As there are significant proportions of illegal and/or undocumented migrants among the migrants, we feel that putting numbers about the magnitude of migrations from different countries of South Asia in the continuing flow of migrants will not be a very fruitful exercise. There is an informed conjecture that about 60 million South Asians constitute the overseas diasporas and migrant communities of South Asian peoples in different parts of the globe.

2. The elected leader of the Bengali nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, declared the independence of Bangladesh in the early hours of 26 March 1971 through a wireless message sent before his arrest by the Pakistan Army. The message was circulated in cyclostyled form on the morning ...

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