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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (30 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849040494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849040495
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'History emerges only slowly from the passion-filled context of contemporary events. Sarmila Bose's book sets Bangladesh's liberation struggle at the start of this long passage.' --Professor David Washbrook, Trinity College, Cambridge

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SARMILA BOSE is 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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It's quite interesting research work and try to gather real story of the exaggerated figure of loss of human lives . Plus some Infos are seems to be quite similar to other writers Like Prof. GW Chowdhury or even Siddiq saleh! But she is the first person asked lot of hard questions about role of Awamilegue And its leaders also Indian design of breaking "enemy number one " of Pakistan. I felt like she little siding with occupation force , may be I miss her point. But it's a interesting book, I admit
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tariq Ahmed on 26 Feb. 2013
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Sarmila Bose has talked about the realities which have been in dark for so many years, and probably still are for most.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bluemarble108 on 12 Feb. 2013
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My wife started reading this book, and asking me to clarify certain points which I had to keep correcting her on... After a while I had to read the book for myself and found it to be an utterly biased rewriting of history. It's almost like stating the holocaust never happened. Bose tries unwittingly to get both sides of the story, but in doing so blurs fact from fiction by trying to justify the oppressors. By interviewing the antagonisers, she has put forward their rose-tinted view of the murder, rape and attrocities without ever questioning their position or intentions. She continually refers to the liberation struggle as a 'Civil War' and is all too kind to the Pakistani military, and their insinuation they were 'simply following orders'.

At the time Bangladesh was like a police state with Pakistani's on a witch hunt for all intellectuals, academics and Hindus. They thought that East Pakistani's weren't 'Muslim enough' and focused too much on culture & education as opposed to religion. That fundamentalism has got Pakistan to the unfortunate juncture it is at today.

Bose fails miserably to portray a real account of what happened, the torture, dissent, ravaging of minorities, rape of women and girls in front of their husbands and fathers, children and men shot in front of their families... It's really sad that Bose was allowed to do this; essentially this book needs to be placed in the 'Fiction' section, as that's precisely what it is.
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