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Hahaha, this kiasu story is funny

Pakistan and modern India are twin births.
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The UK’s Indian Independence Act of 1947 established the two countries’ simultaneous independence from the British on Aug 15 at the stroke of midnight.


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Side note: Salman Rushdie’s Booker of Bookers prize-winning fiction Midnight’s Children gets its novel title from this historical event.
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India celebrates Independence Day on Aug 15.
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Pakistan founding father Mohammed Ali Jinnah, in his radio address to the nation, said: “August 15 is the birthday of the independent and sovereign state of Pakistan. It marks the fulfillment of the destiny of the Muslim nation which made great sacrifices in the past few years to have its homeland.”
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The very next year (1948), however, Pakistan advanced its Independence Day to Aug 14.
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(Cue suppressed sniggers. It’s always good to have a laugh on Monday morning.)
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You can read more in the India Today article last year headlined ‘Why Pakistan celebrates Independence Day on August 14 a day before India does’.
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BELOW: Language map of the Bengali dialects; Chittagong variant is marked in green


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Regions of Bengal, Punjab, Kashmir

I came across the factoids above when googling West Bengal — a state in India bordering Bangladesh. A bigger part of the Bengal region is in Bangladesh.
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Indian Bengali are Hindu. Bangladeshi Bengali are Muslim.
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Similarly in their religious split, Indian Punjabi are Sikh. Pakistani Punjabi are Muslim.
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At the stroke of midnight on 15 Aug 1947, these regions in the Indian subcontinent were simply cleft in two by the British.
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Southern and southeastern Kashmir are today administered by India. Northern and western Kashmir are administered by Pakistan. They are predictably divided along religious lines.
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Kacang lupa kulit — don’t call us ‘Bengali’

To return to my interest in Bengal, the Indian state of West Bengal rejects the Rohingya economic migrants (urm, refugees) currently sneaking in.
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Here’s my take: By their insistence on the narrow ‘Rohingya’ self identity, they’ve alienated even the Bengali of India.
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But Bangladesh is indeed very kind to allow into its borderlands the mass exodus of Rohingya from the Rakhine.
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This generosity of the Bangladeshi (Bangla) is being badly repaid by the Rohingya who tell the world that ‘Bengali’ is an insult word and ethnic slur.

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