War and Secession: Pakistan, India, and the Creation of Bangladesh
A decade after the 1971 wars in South Asia, the principal decisionmakers were still uncertain why wars so clearly unwanted had occurred. The authors reconstruct the complex decisionmaking process attending the break-up of Pakistan and the subsequent war between India and Pakistan. Much of their data derive from interviews conducted with principal players in each of the countries immediately involved-Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh-including Indira Gandhi and leaders of the Awami League in Bangladesh.
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Prologue and Overview
Image and Legacy
Image and Legacy
A Culture of Distrust
Constitutional Consensus and Civil War
The Indian Response
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India and the Prelude to War JuneOctober 1971
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