From Whence Bangladesh?

Patrick French“The fatal break between India and Pakistan came not in 1947, but in the 1970s. Even after the violence and dispossession of partition, there was a strong enough social overlap between the political and military leadership of the two countries for their connection to be self-evident. When East Pakistan broke away from the remote dominance of West Pakistan in 1971 and became Bangladesh, it was a death blow to Jinnah’s [full name: Mohammad Ali Jinnah] vision of Pakistan and a mortifying defeat for a nation that prided itself on its martial aptitude: India, the land of Gandhi and vegetarians, had helped rebellious Bengalis to victory on the battlefield. The relationship between India and Pakistan [then] became increasingly fraught and difficult.” ─ India, a Portrait, Copyright © 2011 by Patrick French, Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, Page 294.

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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