1971 dawned in what was then East Pakistan in the middle of hope and tragedy. There was great suspense and anxiety. Much had happened in the recent weeks.In November 1970, Cyclone Bhola had claimed over 300,000 lives, decimating entire villages in the lowlying islands. Things worsened with the poor relief effort organised by the rulers based in West Pakistan. Then hope beckoned when the Awami Party swept the East Pakistan elections and there was a real chance of it forming the national government. However, this democratic avenue was denied by the generals and dominant West Pakistani politicians. Instead from March 25-26 onwards, multiple waves of terror were unleashed in East Pakistan. (Read More)
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