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Greatest Bengalis of All Time

Can you name the 20 greatest Bengalis of all time, as chosen by popularity in India, Bangladesh, and abroad in a 2004 BBC poll?
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*True date of birth unclear
Quiz by JWatson24
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Last updated: October 1, 2023
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Rank
Lifespan
Description
Answer
1
1920-1975
Founding Father and First Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
2
1861-1841
Famous poet, artist, and philosopher who was the first Asian Nobel Prize winner
Rabindranath Tagore
3
1899-1976
Poet and songwriter who wrote "The Rebel" and protested the British Raj
Kazi Nazrul Islam
4
1873-1962
East Pakistani leader whose pro-poor policies earned him the title "Lion of Bengal"
AK Fazlul Haque
5
1897-1945
Popular and controversial leader who lead the Indian National Army against the British
Subash Chandra Bose
6
1880-1932
Pioneering women's rights and education activist in pre-independence India
Begum Rokeya
7
1858-1937
Scientist responsible for pioneering work in botany and the development of radio
Jagadish Chandra Bose
8
1880-1976
Islamic socialist thinker who supported mass uprisings against Pakistan
Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani
9
1820-1891
Reformer who modernized the Bengali alphabet and campaigned against child marriage
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
10
1772-1833
Nobleman who advocated for women's rights and banned sati (widow burning)
Ram Mohan Roy
11
1782-1831
Folk hero who resisted the British by building a bamboo fort
Titumir
12
1772*-1890
Baul poet whose mystical teachings inspired #2 and #3 on this list
Lalon Shah
13
1921-1992
Acclaimed film director of Pather Panchali and Aparajito
Satyajit Ray
14
1933-
Nobel Prize winning economist who focused on poverty, welfare, and social justice
Amartya Sen
15
-1952
Students who were killed protesting against Urdu language policies
Language Movement Martyrs
16
1885-1969
Polyglot fluent in 24 languages who extensively researched Bengali
Muhammad Shahidullah
17
1863-1902
Philosopher who introduced Hinduism to America at the Chicago World's Fair
Swami Vivekananda
18
982*-1054*
Buddhist philosopher who became a religious teacher in Sumatra and Tibet
Atisa Dipamkara
19
1936-1981
Bangladeshi military leader who became President and pursued free market reforms
Ziaur Rahman
20
1892-1963
Pakistani Prime Minister who supported Bengali autonomy and mentored #1
Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy
2 Comments
+3
Level 71
Oct 1, 2023
First new quiz in a long time! This is going to be very tough for anyone who is not Bengali, and tough even for Bengalis. There were quite a few names on here that even I didn't recognize--Titumir, for example, isn't the most notable historical figure, but it was interesting reading up on him.
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Level 47
Oct 30, 2023
Great quiz! Agree with you that's on the trickier side. Would you accept "Nazrul" for Kazi Nazrul Islam?