I usually don't mix religion & history, but this time I will make an exception.

Bakhtiar Khilji took over bengal with just 12 horsemen (some say 9-14). There was no resistance.

After centuries under Delhi Sultanate, bengal again became a part of the Afghan Suri Empire.
Under Akbar the Great bengal became a part of the Mughal Empire, and from here on the destiny of bengal was shaped.

The Nawabs of bengal, the Daulah family, were subordinate to the Mughals but declared their Independence.
It was the Nawabs & Mughals who left a lasting impression on bengali society. This was more obvious in undivided bengal pre-1947.

Unfortunately the vast majority of what was once known as bengal merged with pakistan post partition.
The culture of west bengal and the culture of bangladesh are similar, yet different. Similar because both are from the bengali linguistic identity, different because their religion and society are different.

What compelled bengal to break away in 1947? That's a long discussion
But I hope that a scholar like Dr Sandeep das would help explain the events from 1905 to eventual partition of bengal.

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