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>A map of Bangladesh, then east Pakistan, was included in the hurriedly prepared flag of the new born nation as suggested by Indira Gandhi, according to veteran photo journalist Shahidul Alam, Press Trust of India reports.
“It was on the insistence of then Indian premier Indira Gandhi that the map of East Pakistan was included in the flag, so as to make sure that people do not confuse the Indian state of West Bengal with war-ridden east Bengal,” Shahidul, recently in India for an exhibition of his photographs, says.
The similarity between the current and the preceding flag is evident. The only difference is that large green backdrop of the flag, featuring a bright sun with a tiny map of the country in it has now been replaced by a red circle, he says as reminisces the coverage of the liberation war.
“West Bengal was a part of India and people on either side of the border were sentimental of the word ‘Bengal’. The flag of Bangladesh was inserted to avoid any confusion among the populace,” he says.


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