South Asia and Beyond

1971 Genocide In East Pakistan & A Refugee Crisis: India Firms Up Response

 1971 Genocide In East Pakistan & A Refugee Crisis: India Firms Up Response

R.N. Kao at the ultra secret Special Frontier Forces (SFF) Facility. IG SS Uban also seen in both pictures

NEW DELHI: While the world was slow to realise the horrors of the 25–26 March (1971) genocide unleashed by the Pakistani Army in East Pakistan, India was alive to the magnitude of the crisis, since lakhs of refugees started streaming into the bordering states of Assam, West Bengal, Tripura and Meghalaya, putting tremendous strain on local resources, and, of course, creating unprecedented social tension. As soon as the news of the massacres in East Pakistan was public, Indian political parties demonstrated before the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi, demanding immediate withdrawal of the Pakistani Army since it was committing unspeakable atrocities in East Pakistan. On 31 March, the Indian Parliament passed a unanimous resolution expressing grave concern and deep anguish at the massive attack unleashed by the forces of West Pakistan on the people of East Pakistan....Read More

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