Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War

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Columbia University Press, Feb 1, 2011 - History - 288 pages
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The 1971 conflict mired Pakistan in a bitter civil war and brutal stuggle both within its own country and against neighboring India. Backed by the Soviet Union and the United States, the 1971 war was fought over territories of East Pakistan, which then seceded to become Bangladesh. Through a detailed investigation of representative events on the ground, this remarkably human history contextualizes the war while vividly theorizing on the nature of the conflict itself.
As with most wars, the narrative of 1971 has largely been written by the victors. All other actors have been imprisoned within partisan mythologies. This book sets out to rectify this bias, reconstructing events though extensive interviews conducted in Bangladesh and Pakistan over four years. It features published and unpublished recollections, sampling from official documents, tapes, photographs, video documentaries, and reports issued by the foreign media. Many interviewees speak about their experiences for the first time, introducing new strands into an otherwise poorly represented history. Their "contesting" memories diverge from dominant narratives in crucial ways, ultimately showing how the war's reverberations continue to play out within the region.

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This book is an example of how to twist the facts. It will tell you how to lie and then cover those lies with inappropriate references to give it a reliable look. It does not reflect truthful and ... Read full review

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A research work that very amicably shuns away the oft-misquoted notions of 'demonic' Pakistan Army, killing of 'millions' of innocents, 'innocent Bangali victims, Mujib's 'Gandhi' like non-corporation ... Read full review

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Sarmila Bose is senior research fellow in the politics of South Asia at the University of Oxford. She earned her degrees at Bryn Mawr College and Harvard University and combined her academic and media work while serving as a political journalist in India.

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