South Asia and Beyond

Retracing India’s Finest Military Operation

NEW DELHI: On this day 52 years ago, India won the war against Pakistan, which led to the creation of a new country (Bangladesh). It was a swift military operation but was planned over months after the Pakistani army went on a killing spree in late March that year in what was then East Pakistan. Terrified, people crossed over to the bordering northeastern states of India. As the exodus continued, India, then a poor economy, felt the burden of tending to the refugees. As the Indian military prepared for an operation, Indian authorities also ensured that the atrocities committed by the Pakistani army did not go unnoticed, especially by the Western media. In this episode of ‘Simply Nitin’, StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale details what happened in the lead-up to December 16, 1971, and how in 13 days the Pakistani army bit the dust.

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