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 VOL. 23, NO. 13JANUARY 30, 1998 


G. W. Ghoudhury, 71, Teacher, Diplomat


BY SUZANNE TRIMEL

Golam W. Choudhury, a diplomat and author of books about Pakistan, China and Islam who taught at Columbia, died Dec. 13 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

  He was 71.

  He died of a heart attack, according to his wife, Dilara Choudhury.

  Born in 1926 in Madharipur, which was then in India, later East Pakistan and now in Bangaladesh, Choudhury, who was known as G.W., was chairman of the political science department of the University of Dhaka when he joined Pakistan’s foreign ministry in 1967 as director-general of the Research Division.

  Earlier, he had helped to work out the Tashkent Agreement that ended the Indo-Pakistani war of 1965.

  He then served as Minister of Communications from 1969 to 1971, during which time he outlined plans for establishing a confederation between East and West Pakistan.

  With the failure of that plan and the subsequent brutal suppression of Bengali uprisings, which led to the establishment of Bangaladesh as a nation, he went into exile, first in England, where he taught at the Royal Institute of International Affairs and later at Columbia, where he was associated with the Research Institute on Communist Affairs under Zbigniew Brzezinski and the Southern Asian Institute at the School of International and Public Affairs.

  He taught at North Carolina Central and Duke universities and returned to Dhaka in 1985.

  He was an adjunct professor at Columbia from 1988 to 1994, teaching courses on South Asia and Islam.

  He wrote 14 books, including The Last Days of United Pakistan and the widely used textbook, China in World Affairs.

  He received undergraduate and master’s degrees from Calcutta University and the Ph.D. from Columbia in 1958.

  In addition to his wife, a professor of political scientist at Jahangirnagur University in Dhaka, he is survived by two sons, Golam Mabud of Warren, N.J. and Golam Sayeed of Baltimore.






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