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In the years leading up to the independence of India and the partition of the subcontinent, Bengali civil servants, students, academics and the middle class had spontaneously thrown their weight behind the demand for Bengali as one of the state languages. By the end of February 1948, the demand, spearheaded by the East Pakistan Student League founded by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman a month earlier, had spilled out on the streets.