This book analyses the formation of the political elite in Bangladesh before and immediately after the independence of Bangladesh. Based on materials collected in the field during October 1972 - April 1973, the author describes the background of the present political elite and shows how it impinges on their actions, strategy and ideology. He also examines the interrelationship between the political and other elite groups. In the second part, the author analyses the historical changes in the character and composition of the elite, the socio-economic and political reasons and areas of conflicts between the different elite groups. This book is of great theoretical and practical implications for the study of political and socio-economic development not only for Bangladesh, but also for other developing countries.