The question of genocide and the quest for justice in the 1971 war

  title={The question of genocide and the quest for justice in the 1971 war},
  author={Sarmila Bose},
  journal={Journal of Genocide Research},
  pages={393 - 419}
  • Sarmila Bose
  • Published 1 November 2011
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Genocide Research
The 1971 war in South Asia that ended with the break-up of Pakistan and the creation of Bangladesh has been framed in terms of genocide in popular representations and the nationalist history of Bangladesh. It has been depicted as genocide by the Pakistan army against the linguistically defined ethnic Bengalis in East Pakistan, in which three million Bengalis were said to have been killed. This article explores some of the problems with categorizing the killings of 1971; assesses, using detailed… 
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