Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Book Review: THE BLOOD TELEGRAM: India’s secret war in East Pakistan by Gary J Bass

~Om Sai Ram~

Book Details. . .

Title: The Blood Telegram
Author: Gary J Bass
Genre:  Non Fiction / Historical
Publisher: Random House (2013)
Pages: 368 Pages
Price: INR 342 (Flipkart)

Rating: 4/5

Book Review. . .

This review was done for The Tales Pensieve (TTP) under their reviewer program.

The Seventies decade of the Twentieth century started on a very inconsolable note especially for the South Asian countries. There were series of events & agitations in eastern Pakistan that culminated in the Indo-Pak war of 1971 eventually leading to the birth of a new nation called ‘Bangladesh’. The irony of these events is that despite being involving one of the major homicides & exodus of those times (after the infamous partition of India), these remain one of the grossly forgotten incident of world history.

The Blood Telegram is a must read for any-one who is interested in knowing further about historical events of Indian subcontinent. As a reader one can actually feel the turmoil & agony of the victims and feels like questioning the policy makers in United States for their alleged role in the whole episode – especially in light of The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America advocating “liberty & justice for all”. This surely serves as an eye opener for everyone who considers them as great statesmen (considering one of them, Henry Kissinger, even won the Nobel Prize for peace!!

I thank the TTP for giving and opportunity to review the book.

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