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The Blood Telegram - India's Secret War in East Pakistan  (English, Hardcover, Bass Gary J)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House, India
  • Genre: Political Science
  • ISBN: 9788184003703, 9788184003703
  • Pages: 536
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A lot of wars have been fought. A lot of wars also get talked about, and then there are some whose mention escapes people’s memory, because not enough has been spoken or written about them. The 1971 war is one such period of history. The Pakistani army launched a devastating attack on East Pakistan then (Bangladesh today), which ultimately resulted in killing of thousands of people, and refugees being sent in to India.

This of course led to the 1971 India-Pakistan War, with America playing a major role in the events, pre and post. Gary Bass’s book is about what happened – the chain of events which no one is aware of. How did Mrs Gandhi deal with the situation? What were the repercussions of each decision made? Bass takes an unbiased look at what happened, why it happened and what were the long term consequences. “The Blood Telegram” is definitely the book for you, if you love to know more about the country and its history.

 

A narrative set in the 1970s, The Blood Telegram: India's Secret War In East Pakistan gives a detailed and informative account of a series of events in South Asia in 1971, primarily Pakistan’s break up and India’s role in it, and the subsequent Indo-Pakistan war.

Summary Of The Book

The year of 1971 saw Pakistan launch an unprecedented attack on the erstwhile East Pakistan, today known as Bangladesh. Back then, India was allies with the Soviet Union, and the United States and China were Pakistan’s allies. Hundreds of thousands of people died and millions fled to India for refuge. This act set into motion a series of events that reshaped South Asia’s history. The Blood Telegram: India's Secret War In East Pakistan is a meticulously researched chronicle up to the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971, India’s real motives, and the decisions made by Indira Gandhi.

The Blood Telegram: India's Secret War In East Pakistan also delves into the role the United States of America played in these cataclysmic effects, especially the roles Nixon and Kissinger played. Mr. Kissinger, in 1971, planned to open American relations with China, using West Pakistan as his entry point. The book also focuses on policy-making in Washington, researched by the author as he spent hours reviewing tapes and recordings of the conversations between President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office. Through these resources, the author asserts that the United States of America was an active part of the catastrophic events occurring in East Pakistan.

Providing a fascinating account of this crucial aspect of the Cold War, The Blood Telegram: India's Secret War In East Pakistan is a also considered to be a documentation of the birth of Bangladesh, this narration is a must-read for all history enthusiasts.

About Gary J. Bass

Gary J. Bass is an American author and professor.

He has authored Freedom's Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention and Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals.

Bass procured his doctorate from Harvard University and is currently employed as a professor of international affairs and politics at Princeton University. Having worked as a reported for The Economist, he also writes for publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, and Foreign Affairs. He was a fellow at Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, a visiting professor of law and government at Harvard Law School and a visiting fellow at Stanford University as well.

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  • Random House, India
Publication Year
  • September
Book Type
  • Non Fiction Book
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  • Gary J. Bass is a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of Freedom's Battle - The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention and Stay the Hand of Vengeance - The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals. A former reporter for the Economist, he has written often for the New York Times, as well as writing for the New Yorker, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Foreign Affairs and other publications.
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  • 234 mm
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  • 153 mm
Ratings & Reviews
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Highly recommend to get an indepth understanding of the Bangladeshi independence war

This book is quite an eye-opener indeed to how policy decisions are made.

The research is impeccable, I am amazed at the amount of work that’s gone into the writing of this book, and the amount of sources that Gary Bass has used.

I do wish though that this was a more balanced book. Gary Bass has tried to include all viewpoints – India, America – both Republicans and the Democrats, however, there is not much from Pakistan or the actual leaders behind the Bangladeshi war of independence. It’...
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Nishita Kumar

Jan, 2015

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The Blood Telegram tells it all, chapter and verse

The Blood Telegram is a must read for every person, especially of the Indian subcontinent. it is as much the document of the birth of Bangladesh as it is a documentation of the bloodbath unleashed by Pakistan army within its own territory, upon its own people, for the simple reason that they wanted a democratic dispensation. Bangalis did not want to secede from Pakistan; they only demanded the right to be ruled by their own voice and not the masters from west Pakistan. In an election conducte...
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RL BHAT

Certified Buyer, Jammu

Nov, 2013

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Best in the market!

Excellent book. Must read by Bongs.
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VISHWARUP BHATTACHARYA

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Oct, 2017

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Simply awesome

Extremely good details of American stand on India-Pak war and asia
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DIXIT MALIK

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Jul, 2017

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A comprehensive history of the liberation of Bangladesh

The complicity of a super power, following it's own vested interests in foreign policy, is made evident by Gary J. Bass in this wonderful book. Nixon and Kissingers policy of appeasement towards Yahya and teir contempt and hatred for Mrs Gandhi is brought out with stark brutality in this exceptional book.
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James Poonnolly

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Jul, 2014

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Highly recommended

Too good and presents correct picture of samba spy case, which is proved false beyond reasonable doubt... must read for all the victims of Judicial Terrorism. ..
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Kamal Vikram

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Jun, 2017

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Wonderful

Excellent book. Completely trashes the high moral high ground of US. But then there are certain people like Me Blood who defy the organisation for greater good.
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Amit Mishra

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Dec, 2016

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Great product

Classic on this subject, no need of any review. it's must for every library ?
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Devendra Sharma

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Oct, 2016

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The Blood Telegram: Indias Secret War in East Pakistan

Gives an excellent account of regional and extra regional factors leading to 1971 war,specially the dubious role of USA and how Indian establishment was able to stand up to them.A must read for all policy makers on national security and Defence people.
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Raj Dhankhar

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Feb, 2015

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Awesome. It tells what kind of country Pakistant and US are.

The writing is awesome. What has been written is truth. There are references for everything mentioned. I find the writing as good as that of "The Godfather". Its a really interesting read and I think one of its kind.

For our own interest, we ( Indians ) should know what actually happened in 1971, and how the history shapes the future. This book is one of those fact telling books, of which I think people of the newer generations are not at all aware of.

It tells what kind of pathetic countr...
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Paritosh Ranjan

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Sep, 2014

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