Cholo, cholo, Asom jaiEmonmathikothaonapai.” “Come, come, to Assam we goSoil such as this nowhere will we know.” In Dhubri, elders still recall the echo of Maulana Bhashani’s slogan. A political mobiliser of great standing among the downtrodden Muslim peasantry of pre-Independence Bengal, he coined the slogan in the 1930s to call forth his followers to populate the sandbank islands of the lower Brahmaputra valley. His unique blend of Islam and socialism inspired his po