Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971

By: Saikia, Yasmin

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Fought between India and what was then East and West Pakistan, the war of 1971 led to the creation of Bangladesh, where it is remembered as the War of Liberation. For India, the war represents a triumphant settling of scores with Pakistan. If the war is acknowledged in Pakistan, it is cast as an act of betrayal by the Bengalis. None of these nationalist histories convey the human cost of the war. Pakistani and Indian soldiers and Bengali militiamen raped and tortured women on a mass scale. In "Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh," survivors tell their stories, revealing the power of speaking that deemed unspeakable. They talk of victimization--of rape, loss of status and citizenship, and the "war babies" born after 1971. The women also speak as agents of change, as social workers, caregivers, and wartime fighters. In the conclusion, men who terrorized women during the war recollect their wartime brutality and their postwar efforts to achieve a sense of humanity. "Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh" sheds new light on the relationship among nation, history, and gender in postcolonial South Asia.

Title: Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971

Author Name: Saikia, Yasmin

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Duke University Press Books:

ISBN Number: 0822350211

ISBN Number 13: 9780822350217

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: Z0822350211Z3

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