Book analyses 'political isolation' of Bengal

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New Delhi, Nov 26 (PTI) Bengal planted the seed of nationalism and nurtured it into a sapling, eventually leading to the creation of the world's largest democracy but the state has been isolated from the national political scene for nearly 45 years, argues public policy analyst Sugato Hazra in his new book.

In "Losing the Plot: Political Isolation of West Bengal", he attempts to trace the state's changing leadership, political ideology and discourse over the years.

The author argues that this so-called seclusion encouraged a move towards undemocratic systems and procedures which naturally led to socio-economic degradation of a state that once took the lead in national pride and identity.