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The year 1971 is etched in the collective consciousness of Bangladeshis, Pakistanis and Indians though to a lesser degree as a time of tragedy and upheaval. For Bangladeshis 1971 was the year of blood and tears, for Pakistanis deep humiliation, and for the Indians of triumph. Lt Col Sharif ul haq Dalim has unraveled some of the rare facts about military operations in then East Pakistan and Liberation War for Bangladesh in his book Bangladesh: Untold Facts. There is a lot of literature on 1971 but, understandably enough, very little of it comes from Pakistan. The liberation literature in Bangladesh rests upon the perception of victimhood to the point of denying resistance from Bengali armed fighters at places. The literature from India mostly accounts of military officers focuses on the 1971 war without taking account of the role of India in East Bengal from March 1971 onwards. It, too, misses out both on the perspectives of the Bengalis as well as the West Pakistanis. This book is the best account of 1971, so far. The book is also eminently readable. For all these qualities the book is recommended strongly to scholars of South Asia and the interested layperson alike, which will remain required reading for times to come.
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Ambassador lt. Col. (retd) Shariful Haq Dalim was born in 1946. B.sc. Graduate. He joined Pakistan air force in 1964. After the 1965 indo-pak war switched over to army and served till April 1971. He was one of the first batch of officers who escaped from West Pakistan and joined the liberation war in 1971. Received highest living gallantry award bir uttam . As one of the founding member contributed immensely in organizing Bangladesh army and faced pre-matured retirement under presidential order no. 9 (po-9) during autocratic regime of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1974. After the historic uprising that brought the change of government on 15th august 1975, got reinstated in the army and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1976 services was placed with the ministry of foreign affairs and was posted to People's Republic of China as a diplomat. In 1980 got attached with the Bangladesh high commission in London. In 1982 was posted to hong kong as commissioner. In 1988 he was posted as the high commissioner for Bangladesh to Kenya with concurrent accreditation to Tanzania. Simultaneously was also accredited as permanent representative to UN. During the Somalian war he was assigned additional responsibility to look after the interest of the Bangladesh army contingent that was sent there as a part of the UN peace keeping force. He got retired from the govt. Service in 1995.
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