Going through a news item on Field Marshal Manekshaw's death on June 28 in a leading English daily of Bangladesh, courtesy to Press Trust of India, New Delhi, I was startled observing how the Indian press thinks of our nine-month long struggle for independence in 1971. The news started like this:
A legendary soldier and a national hero, Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw crafted India's greatest military victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war that led to the emergence of Bangladesh.
What does that imply? The birth of Bangladesh was a by-product of that Indo-Pak war? With this statement, the sacrifice of our freedom fighters and martyrs has been brazenly belittled. It's downright despicable!
India's help in our war of liberation has always been aptly appreciated by us except some anti-Indian elements. We're indebted to India for its help throughout our Liberation War. But exaggeration of the contribution on the part of the Indian press is reprehensible.
It's Liberation War of Bangladesh, NOT 1971 Indo-Pak war.