With each passing day in March of 1971, Bengali disobedience grew and the people of East Pakistan eventually erupted. The spirit also touched the Bangalee expatriates living far away. London was one such place where the Bangalees took to the streets for an independent Bangladesh.
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SAQOOT-E-DHAKA, dismemberment of Pakistan or Fall of Dhaka is how the 1971 War—which led to the separation of East and West Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh—is commonly referred to in Pakistan. Growing up in the city of Lahore, I only came across these references occasionally, in textbooks, on TV or in a passing conversation. … Continue reading "1971 India-Pakistan War: Memory as Peacemaker"
Indian general Jagjit Singh Aurora (1916-2005) pictured on left pointing to the surrender documents as he instructs Pakistan Army general Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi (1915-2004) where to sign in a surrender meeting at Ramna racecourse in Dhaka, East Pakistan on 16th December 1971. The signing of the surrender documents would mark the end of fighting in the Bangladesh Liberation War.
Memories of a Lacerated Heart gives us a painful insight into one of the most brutal and historically under-reported wars, and its effects not just on the country but on the mind of a patriotic and unassuming army officer. In 1947 the Indian subcontinent was split into two countries, India and Pakistan. East and West Pakistan were geographically separated by the larger nation of India and the country was ruled by martial law for the first 25 years after gaining independence. The governing of…