Dead Reckoning

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Hachette India, Aug 7, 2012 - History - 256 pages
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This ground-breaking book chronicles the 1971 war in South Asia by reconstituting the memories of those on opposing sides of the conflict. 1971 was marked by a bitter civil war within Pakistan and war between India and Pakistan, backed respectively by the Soviet Union and the United States. It was fought over the territory of East Pakistan, which seceded to become Bangladesh. Through a detailed investigation of events on the ground, Sarmila Bose contextualises and humanises the war while analysing what the events reveal about the nature of the conflict itself. The story of 1971 has so far been dominated by the narrative of the victorious side. All parties to the war are still largely imprisoned by wartime partisan mythologies. Bose reconstructs events via interviews conducted in Bangladesh and Pakistan, published and unpublished reminiscences in Bengali and English of participants on all sides, official documents, foreign media reports and other sources. Her book challenges assumptions about the nature of the conflict, and exposes the ways in which the 1971 war is still playing out in the region.

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She took the opinions of the generals ! The Pakistani brutal generals and claim that they are authentic ! Well..... very authentic lies I presume !! Can these people do anything other than telling lies about what they did ?Any other escape route ?

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What a book! The only compilation which analyzes facts from all the sides of the war. I would definitely recommend it if you want to know the facts from a neutral and unbiased point of view that is the reason why it couldn't get good reviews. There is no doubt in the authenticity of the facts included by Ms. Bose; She took the perspectives and opinions from Generals at that time to the on-ground soldiers. Great job Ms. Bose. Indeed you contributed a lot in history by collecting these facts. Much thanks. 

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About the author (2012)

Sarmila Boseis Senior Research Fellow in the Politics of South Asia at the University of Oxford. She was a political journalist in India and combines academic and media work. She was educated at Bryn Mawr College and Harvard University.

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