Annexation of Provinces during partition of India
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I would like to invite attention of all friends on board and like them to help me understand about my apprehensions regarding partition of Punjab, Bengal and Assam to annex them with India or Pakistan.

What I understand is that though Bengal was already partitioned well before the partition of India but during the partition of India it was so divided to be further annexed with India and Pakistan.

Punjab was divided on perhaps village level to be annexed with India and Pakistan. Was any other province so divided on village level to be annexed with India or Pakistan on that minute level or annexation of all other provinces were decided on the basis of provincial population?

Sylhet from Assam was annexed with East Bengal to be formally be annexed with Pakistan, as Assam was declared Muslim majority province.

Can any body on board help me understand the phenomenon?
I thank you very much.
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Nice quiry, I may address some of your questions.

1. Yes, Original Bengal was divided in 1905 in 'East Bengal'( included present Bangladesh and Assam with Dhaka as capital) and 'West Bengal' ( Present West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa states of India with Calcutta as its capital). But after a strong movement by Bengali Hindus, it was restructured in 1911 in a different way. The Bengali speaking regions of Bengal (Present West Bengal plus Bangladesh) were united as 'Bengal', where as non Bengali majority areas of the then Bengal were separated as 3 new provinces named Assam, Bihar and Orissa. So in August 1947, 'Bengal' included present West Bengal state of India (excluding Koochbihar) and Bangladesh (excluding Sylhet).

2. 'Sylhet' opted to join Pakistan after a plebicite in 1947.

3.'Bengal' and 'Punjab' were divided at district level depending up on muslim and non-muslim population. But violating these principles, muslim majority districts of Nadia,'Maldah' and 'Dinajpur' were divided to give India access corridor to Assam. Similarly despite Muslim majority the 'Gurudaspur' region of Punjab was given to India for giving it access to Kashmir.

4. Non-muslim majority provinces were not divided and were allowed to join India in toto. Only muslim majority provinces of 'Bengal' and 'Punjab' were divided to allow their non-muslim majority portions to join India.

5. Radcliffe commission under Sir Cyril Radcliffe, a Brittish lawyer had drawn the partition line between Bangla nad Punjab. Since it was rejected by both the communities, Radcliffe didn't take his remunertions.