Lead: In late 1971 the eastern provinces of Pakistan broke away and formed a separate nation. The state of Bangladesh was born.

Intro.: "A Moment In Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: The vast sub-continent of India has for centuries been the scene of ethnic and religious conflict with various languages and sects vying for control. The Buddhism that swept over India in the Third Century was soon washed away by Hinduism which itself was supplanted in many areas around A.D. 1200 by militant Islam. One of those regions where the general population was attracted to the Moslem faith was Bengal, the area east of the city of Calcutta and shaped by the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers.