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Pakistan, Bangladesh and Colonialism

Pakistan, Bangladesh and Colonialism (Contributed) THIS book was published in March this year, just three months after the climactic events of last December. Of the two authors, one is a student of Pakistan affairs and the other a scholar versed in the study of .security problems. The authors acknowledge that the treatment of the subject reflects their collective commitment to a certain value system. According to them developments in the Indian subcontinent have far too often been looked at with reference to "perspectives and value systems which are not essentially Indo- centric''. In their preface the authors write: "In writing this volume we have attempted to view the developments in Bangladesh and the . War of Liberation which brought about its independence, in its South Asian and global perspective. It would be a conventional approach to look at these events as defence of Indian national interest and just a breakaway of Bangladesh from what constituted Pakistan. Such an approach would completely overlook the fundamental forces that brought about these developments and would lead us into the same errors that governed the outlook of major sections of the elite of this country in 1971.'' derive such support over a whole .spectrum of economic, political and military relationships. Conversely, the existence of such regimes ensures the widespread influence of great powers which are able to operate the levers of economic and military aid programmes. "Social utility of greed" and "the military as vehicle of modernisation" are rationalisations coined by some intellectuals to explain away the sustained support of external powers to such regimes. The authors' commitment to anti- militarism is again vibrant and runs through the book. They plead for studies to correlate militarism in the third world with military aid from the external powers, especially the military training programmes of there, powers.

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