29 September, 2020

Hazy Trail To Dacca

Some basic, erroneous ideas about the ’71 Indo-Pak war need to be deflated

Corbis (From Outlook, December 26, 2011)
Hazy Trail To Dacca

Busting Some Myths

  • India started the war, not Pakistan
  • India was wrong in believing Pakistan wouldn’t respond militarily
  • Delhi’s strategy not well thought out
  • The USSR dilly-dallied in helping India
  • China was not interested in getting into an India-Pak conflict
  • America’s antipathy to India exaggerated

... And Those Who Were Ignored

Unsung Patriots Jagjivan Ram, Swaran Singh and Lt Gen Sagat Singh


India’s war with Pakistan in 1971 was the most important strategic event in South Asia since the subcontinent’s Partition. Few wars in contemporary history have had such ramified and lasting...



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