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Bengali Studies & Reports

Numerous studies on the UK Bengali community have been carried out by various academics and professionals. Below is a selection of papers. Please note that Swadhinata Trust may not necessarily share the views shown in external links from this site.

A series of books on East End by author Mayar Akash:

  1. Re-awakening – Re-Awakening by Mayar Akash (Paperback) — Lulu GB
  2. Politicians of Tower Hamlets – Tower Hamlets Bangladeshi Politicians’ Reference Book 1982-2018 by Mayar Akash (Paperback) — Lulu GB
  3. Tide of change – Tides of Change – Snapshots of 1993-94 by Mayar Akash (Paperback) — Lulu GB
  4. Young Voice – Young Voice by Mayar Akash (Paperback) — Lulu GB
  5. Brick & Mortar – mortar/paperback/product-24160715.html
  6. Vigil Sabotaged – Vigil Subotaged by Mayar Akash (Paperback) — Lulu GB
  7. British Sylheti Chronicle – Chronicle of Sylhetis of United Kingdom by Mayar Akash (Paperback) — Lulu GB
  8. Bangladeshi Fish – Bangladeshi Fishes Basic Guide by Mayar Akash (Paperback) — Lulu GB
  9. Sylheti Identity Books Sylheti Identity Books
  10. LBTH Bangladeshi Politicians 1982-2017 LBTH Bangladeshi Politicians 1982-2017
  11. Let’s Learn Bengali Let’s Learn Bengali

Link to the review:

35 years on – due to be released 2020

Altab Ali – will be released 2020

Here the Report of Bangladeshi People:

Bangladeshi Muslim (PDF 612KB)

New Ethnicities Bangladeshis Mixed Report (PDF 1.58MB)

What kind of languageservices (PDF 509KB)

Bengali Articles

This is a summary of findings from a research project entitled “Contours of the ethnic welfare state in London and Los Angeles” by Dr Geoff DeVerteuil, School of Geography, University of Southampton.

Bangladesh’s Quest for Closure. Can the execution of Mujib’s assassins finally deliver the country from its darkest chapter? By Salil Tripathi

A Global Commodity within a Rising Empire: The History of Bengali Raw Silk as Connective Interplay between the Company Bahadur, the Bengali Local Economy and Society, and the Universal Italiam Model, c.1750-c.1830 by Roberto Davini, European University Institute, Florence, February 2008

Words and violence: militant Islamist attacks on bloggers in Bangladesh and the UK

Brick Lane, Curry and Covid-19 | South Asia@LSE by Dr Seán Carey

Bengali Music and Musicians in the UK Oral History Project by Harding V and Begum J

Remembering World War One’s Army of Bengali Workers by Ansar Ahmed Ullah

Brick Lane in danger of losing its spice? By Sean Carey of The Guardian

To The Everest by Farhana Urmee of The Daily Star

Bengali Lunch

Fundamentalism and the ‘faith industry’ in Tower Hamlets, by Ansar Ahmed Ullah, May 2014

Taking stock: Respect, SWP and Islamist politics in Tower Hamlets, by Jamil Iqbal and Richard Phillips

Travel article: Lured by the Beach Side of a Beleaguered Land in Bangladesh, by Jeff Koyen, December 2006

An Emotional Return to Bangladesh — After 43 Years, by Bernard-Henri Levy, December 2014

From Brick Lane to Bengali Avenue by Gareth Potts, February 2015, DVoice, Detriot, Michigan, US

The Bengal Famine: How the British engineered the worst genocide in human history for profit by Rakhi Chakraborty, August 2014

Bengalis Organisations in the UK


There are a number of UK based Bengali organisations working for the betterment of the Bengali community:

BoB Professionals
At present the UK has a population of about half a million Bengalis. The first generation Bengalis tended to maintain close contact as they established themselves in the UK. To this day, they continue to maintain this informal contact and provide a ‘sense of community’ through local community associations, mosques and other such organisations.

The last few years has seen the second generation establishing itself in the British society, excelling in education and progressing to professional jobs both in private and public sectors. However there is an ever-growing vacuum among these Bengalis who are increasingly feeling the distance and seclusion from their local communities. BoB was formed to provide these professionals with the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss.

BritBangla is a celebration of the achievements of British Bengalis from all over the country. The aim is to promote these extraordinary talents and draw attention to the remarkable contribution Bengalis have made to British society.

BritBangla achieve to do this by bringing together like-minded people and build up a strong network of professional Bengalis to collectively share their successes and raise the Brit Bengali profile. British Bengalis who feel they have something to offer are encouraged to take part in the various programmes and projects which will hopefully benefit the community as a whole.

The British-Bangladeshi Professional Association is a not-for-profit organisation founded to foster educational attainment and the pursuit of professional excellence in the Bangladeshi community in the United Kingdom.

Banglabangla enables young people to learn about life in Bangladesh, through information provided by young people with experience of the culture and community. The site’s development, co-ordinated by the Humanities Education Centre in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, UK has involved young people at all stages.

24 Hour Museum – Bengali Heritage in London
Forging a Unique Identity: Bengali Heritage in London Article by By Shruti Ganapathy 23/06/2005

British Bangla Youth
Connecting young British Bangladeshis with Bangladeshi youth project This project was set in motion by RMMRU and aims to develop links between young British-Bangladeshis and their counterparts in Bangladesh.


The Swadhinata Trust are involved in various campaigns to bring about justice. The links on this page reflect some of the issues that the Swadhinata Trust consider to be important in achieving a just and peaceful world.

Phulbari Action is an electronic forum to share information, discuss and strategize to resist the Phulbari Coal Project proposed by GCM Resources Plc in Bangladesh. Asian Development Bank (ADB) is scheduled to approve a loan and political risk insurance to GCM. The resistance movement is led by National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Electricity and Port.

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