Sunday, March 27, 2005

BANGLADESH: Liberation War - Bridging the Security Gap

Nothing appeared to have happened in the next five weeks to indicate that developments were taking place along the expected line. The public expectations meanwhile kept on boiling in favour of 'political solution,' to be mediated by the US, which received a set back during the third week of June, after the disclosures that a number of US ships were sailing towards Pakistan carrying armament spares and component. The hype reached its highest point on the occasion of President Nixon's national security adviser, Dr. Kissinger's visit to New Delhi during first week of July. I received a message around that time from PNH enquiring about the progress made towards formation of the national front. That was the first indication in more than a month that the approach decided upon earlier was still relevant, despite all the interactions between India and the US at various levels. But Tajuddin meanwhile made little progress in floating the proposal of national alliance, since he faced hostile factional campaigns on the advent of AL elected representatives' conference (July 5 and 6 ) at Siliguri, and he barely succeeded in pacifying a powerful faction openly advocating for 'going back to the country to carry on fight or seek reconciliation with Pakistan, since India had let us down in every respect.'.....More