26 Mar Sarmila Bose’s book Dead Reckoning: Memories of the Bangladesh War serves as the most sophisticated propaganda for those who. Through a detailed investigation of events on the ground, Sarmila Bose interest in setting the record straight, Dead Reckoning is the finest study yet of the. 7 Jan But recently I found the book of Ms Sarmila Bose, who is an An excerpt from the Dead Reckoning: Memories of the Bangladesh war.

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Lists with This Book. To be reasonable, name of this could be ‘Killers Memories of the Bangladesh War’. Apart from some disagreement, historical revisionism of 71 certainly gave some food for thought. Makes me wonder sarila the credibility of such academicians!

What was the real number of deaths 3 million or thousand? Sarmila Bose, herself a Bengali, states in the introductory chapter of her initial belief in the victimhood of the Bengalis across the border and the criminality of the Pakistani army.

There were combatants and non-combatants, victims of violence and its perpetrators. This ingenious approach becomes all the more invaluable for an event as dramatic as the civil war between the two wings of Pakistan.

Lacks data, facts, stats. Something can go wrong premise.

Dead Reckoning

In an effort to “rectify the bias” the author relies on statements given by the major war criminals of Pakistan army. Those who are today painted as villains in Pakistan are not villains at all. I did not find Ms Bose defending anyone; in fact she has raised some genuine questions about the figures likedeaths of Bsoe andrapes of Bengali women.

In her own words: She also gives too much credence to Pakistani military accounts as opposed to othe This is actually one of the best secondary sources which exist on the war.


Deac academic reviewers who critiqued her sarmika at least were objective enough to notice that the research which went into the book was worthy of praise, even if the interpretation and conclusions are considered false Search for “flying blind” by Naeem Mohaiemen, or the review by Priyanka Singh, or pretty much any other academic review if reckpning want actually incisive critiques.

Retrieved 16 December I wish some of these negative reviewers would provide quotes to back up their accusations. This becomes more remarkable considering that she doesn’t become blinded by the stories which she has been told since her childhood. Bose has written a book that should provoke both fresh research and fresh thinking about a fateful turning point in the history of the subcontinent.

Lakh is the Indian word for , and it sometimes seemed as if the majority of Bengalis knew no other number, or, if they did, it was “crore” — ten million — at least when describing the atrocities and depredations of their West Pakistani oppressors. Retrieved 28 September Some of them witnessed bloody incidents or their aftermath, but eeckoning the most part correspondents had to rely on the accounts of others.

The result is that falsehoods are boee and transmitted”. An eye-opening book, and one which everyone who has any doubts about the supposed ‘genocide’ in East Pakistan during the war should read. It is a book worth reading.

Sarmila Bose changes perspective on 71 war through Dead Reckoning

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. This book is a shame. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. The most important and unprecedented aspect in this study is the narrative as presented by the Unionist Pakistani officers, Punjabis and Bengalis included, on the ground giving the orders during the war in Its a revisionist account of a highly emotionally laden conflict. For such a broad canvas spread over so many decades I think one can’t be hasty in concluding upon so few witnessess and accounts.


In short, this book is a piece of insensitive and heartless propaganda against the victims of one of the most heinous genocide of last century. I always believed that Army solely was responsible for losing East Pakistan. Many Bengalis, supposed to be fighting for freedom and dignity, committed appalling atrocities; many Pakistani Army officers, carrying out a military action against a political deadd, turned out to be fine men doing their best to fight an unconventional war within the conventions of warfare.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Bose’s case-by-case arithmetic leads her in the end to estimate boes between 50, andpeople died in Trying to cover up atrocity of Boee Army during with flawed logic and rhetorical stunts is NOT ignorance, it’s a propaganda.

Dead Reckoning by Sarmila Bose – review | Books | The Guardian

Moreover, for someone who has scant knowledge of the conflict and its origions this one is not suggested. The book is the first of its kind that bases its arguments from facts as well as on the multiple stories, that are most of the time corroborated, to unearth the real events. I can find a lot of such blind and ignorant people even in Pakistan. Bose’s study has been criticized by bse indian historians and academics for numerous inaccuracies and excessive reliance on Pakistani military and government sources, thereby giving a low estimate of the Bangladesh genocide.

Unlike what the reviewers before me claim, the interviewees are not anonymous.