Bangalore International Centre had arranged a talk on the book “1971 : A Global History of Creation of Bangladesh ” authored by Mr. SrinathRaghavan, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi on Saturday, 9th November, 2013 at 6.30 PM in collaboration with Takshashila Institution. Mr. Narayan Ramachandran, Chairman & co-founder of InKlude Labs, andFellow, Takshashila Institution Chaired and moderated the discussion.
In his detailed presentation, Mr. Srinath highlightedabout the incidents that happened during 1971 before the creation of Bangaladesh. He emphasized that the emergence of an independent Bangladesh in 1971 was the most decisive geopolitical event in South Asia since the partition of India. His talkrevealed the causes, course and consequences of the Bangladesh crisis and war. He argued that the the global context of the late 1960s played a crucial role in enabling the creation of an independent Bangladesh. Only by situating the event in the wider international history of the period can one explain the outcome and interpret its significance.Mr.Srinath brought out the fact that contrary to popular perceptions, India initially was reluctant to interfere in what it considered to be an internal problem in Pakistan. What decidedly tipped the scale was magnitude of the influx of the migrants from the then East Pakistan, the realisation that there was a decided pattern in the Pak plan to push out Hindus with no plans to take them back and the US manoeuvres to back Pakistan to the hilt through its moves. It was an extremely well-researched and erudite talk.
The Q & A session after the talk was informative and interesting.