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The Birth of Bangladesh/Nefarious Plots and Cold War Sideshows

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Author(s): Roger Vogler

Journal: Pakistaniaat : A Journal of Pakistan Studies
ISSN 1948-6529

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 24;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Pakistan | 1971 war | Bangladesh | India

ABSTRACT
This Paper examines, from the perspective of an American architect living and working in India at the time, many of the events and circumstances that led to the destruction in 1971 of Pakistan as it had originally ben constituted 24 years before. Among these were the enormous geographic challenges faced from Pakistan's inception, its deep-seated ethnic incompatibilities, its huge economic imbalances and rampant political egos, and a devastating typhoon. The paper also explores the tragic human consequences of an American foreign policy that could only see these events and circumstances through a prism of Cold War hatred and suspicion.
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