The Colonel Who Would Not Repent by Salil Tripathi
The Bangladesh War and Its Unquiet Legacy

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A searing, kaleidoscopic portrait of Bangladesh from the 1947 Partition to the present

Bangladesh was once East Pakistan, the Muslim nation carved out of the Indian Subcontinent when it gained independence from Britain in 1947. As religion alone could not keep East Pakistan and West Pakistan together, Bengali-speaking East Pakistan fought for and achieved liberation in 1971. Coups and assassinations followed, and two decades later it completed its long, tumultuous transition to parliamentary government. Its history is complex and tragic—one of war, natural disaster, starvation, corruption, and political instability.

First published in India by the Aleph Book Company, Salil Tripathi’s lyrical, beautifully wrought tale of the difficult birth and conflict-ridden politics of this haunted land has received international critical acclaim, and his reporting has been honored with a Mumbai Press Club Red Ink Award for Excellence in Journalism. The Colonel Who Would Not Repent is an insightful study of a nation struggling to survive and define itself.

About Salil Tripathi

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Salil Tripathi has been a foreign correspondent in Singapore and is a contributing editor to Mint and Caravan, both published in India. A former board member of English PEN, he works at a human rights organization in London and has been a visiting fellow for business and human rights at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He lives in London, UK.
Published January 1, 2014 by Aleph Book Company. 400 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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London School of Economics

Indeed, a number of the figures whose stories Tripathi tells also make an appearance in Sarmila Bose’s rightly controversial book Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War (2011).

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