India’s relation with
the United States ever from
her independence in 1947 has been cryptic and India’s
increasing tilt towards Soviet Union till its
dissolution in 1991 aggravated the situation only. And the vengeance of it was
displayed at different spheres of global political arena be it India-China
conflict in 1962 or India-Pakistan war in 1965. But all these were outperformed
by America’s overt
antagonism to India during
its violent face-off with Pakistan
on the issue of
in 1971. The conflict not only challenged the global political balance but put
forward the rise of a third political force in it greatly. What Bangladesh United States had feared was the rise of a
strong, virile India and its
(then) growing linkup with Soviet Union would
have energized the socialist block in particular. Keeping all these in mind
United States initiated its most pernicious strategy to uproot India through
beefing up Pakistan during the 1971 war in every capacity.
When US supported Pak military bloodshed in
More than four decades ago, the Nixon Administration knowingly broke US to help Pakistani army against Bangladesh and encouraged China to mass troops on Indian border to oppose the strong stand taken by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, according to a new book.
In his latest book, Princeton historian Gary Bass 'The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide' documents how the then US President Richard Nixon and his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger supported military dictatorship as it brutally quashed the results of a historic free election.
The author writes in the latest book, which is scheduled to hit the book market on September 24, how Nixon-Kissinger hated both India and Indira Gandhi and tried their level best to oppose the strong moral stand taken by the then Indian Prime Minister.
Nixon and Kissinger thought in Cold War terms but also indulged in their personal disdain for India and its leader Indira Gandhi, Bass writes in the book, adding that they even secretly encourages China to mass troops on their India border, and illegally supplied weapons to the Pakistani military, all while censoring American officials who dared to speak up.
Based on previously unheard White House tapes, the book gives a fresh insight into the Nixon-Kissinger hatred against Indira Gandhi, and how the then American leadership supported the butchering of innocent people, who dared to speak their voice and vote against
As India under the strong leadership of Indira Gandhi decided to rescue the lives of people of then East Pakistan from the brutality of the Pakistani military, Bass writes in the book - running into nearly 500 pages - that Kissinger proposed three "dangerous" initiatives against India.
States would illegally allow Iran
and Jordan to send squadrons
of US aircraft to Pakistan,
secretly asks China to mass
its troops on the Indian border, and deploy a US
aircraft carrier group to the Bay of Bengal to threaten . He urged
Nixon to stun India
with all three moves simultaneously," Bass wrote. India
(US 7th Fleet - 1971 War)