Two railway lines in Italy, the Victorian lines in Australia - and the Eastern Bengal
Railway in India.
The Bengali elite united in fierce opposition to thus dividing the cultural and linguistic community of Bengal, and thereby accentuating the division between Muslims, concentrated in eastern Bengal
, and Hindus, concentrated in the west.
Janani was written and serialized in part during the hectic pre-Partition days of 1945-46, but was not published in full until 1961, when Eastern Bengal
had become East Pakistan.
Many songs of Lalan have suffered such a fate, and, though the original, or at any rate more traditional, tunes are still known to many Bauls, particularly in eastern Bengal
, efforts to preserve them before they are forced into oblivion are obviously very much called for.