Sarmila Bose 2011

How can we apply critical thinking to understand 1971?

By Sarmila Bose

Sunday, 29 May 2011, Queen Mary College, University of London

Chaired by Professor Mushtaq Khan, School of Oriental and African Studies

Brick Lane Circle invited Sarmila Bose to talk about her new controversial book called ‘Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War’, on Sunday 29 May 2011 at Queen Mary College, University Of London.

The Circle believes that it is very important to have an open and honest discussion on important subjects relevant to the Bangladeshi community, which should be undertaken in a spirit of critical and counter critical enquiry and reconsideration, based on empirical research, scientific methodology and rules of logic.

We encourage all individuals who are being energised by the publication of the book, whether through a sense of fear or enragement or feeling relieved by its conclusions, to undertake fresh research and engage critically with Sarmila’s findings.

Sarmila Bose’s publications on the Bangladesh Liberation War 1971

Sarmila Bose published her new book in 2011 called Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War. Details of the book can be found:

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‘Myth-busting the Bangladesh war of 1971’

By Sarmila Bose, Aljazeera, 9 May 2011

Two previous publications by Sarmila in 2005 on the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 can be found by clicking below. We have also provided links for three responses to these two articles. 

Losing the Victims: Problems of Using Women as Weapons in Recounting the Bangladesh War

By Sarmila Bose

Anatomy of Violence: Analysis of Civil War in East Pakistan in 1971 

By Sarmila Bose

Flying Blind: Waiting for a Real Reckoning on 1971

By Naeem Mohaiemen


‘Dead Reckoning’: A Response

By Sarmila Bose

Another Reckoning

By Naeem Mohaimen

‘Research’ on Bangladesh War

By Akhtaruzzaman Mandal and Nayanika Mookherjee 

BANGLADESH WAR OF 1971: A Prescription for Reconciliation?

By Nayanika Mookherjee 

The continuing rape of our history

By Mashuqur Rahman 

Critics of Sarmila Bose often cite the article below which appeared in the Christian Science Monitor on 5 April 2005 as evidence of her pro Pakistan bias when discussing her writings on the Bangladesh Liberation

War 1971. You may want to read it for yourself. 

The right stuff: F-16s to Pakistan is wise decision

By William B. Milam and Sarmila Bose


‘It’s not the arithmetic of genocide that’s important. It’s that we pay attention’

By Ian Jack, The Guardian, Saturday 21 May 2011

‘Mujib’s confusion on Bangladeshi deaths’ 

By Serajur Rahman, Retired deputy head, BBC Bengali Service, The Guardian, Tuesday 24 May 2011.

‘Truth about deaths in Bangladesh War’

By Rashed Chowdhury, Bangladesh High Commission, London, The Guardian, Thursday, 2 June 2011

“This account of the Bangladesh war should not be seen as unbiased”

By Nayanika Mookherjee, The Guardian, Wednesday 8 June 2011

“Controversial book accuses Bengalis of 1971 war crimes”

By Alastair Lawson, BBC, Thursday 16 June 2011

“The Bangladesh War”

By Sarmila Bose, The Guardian, Thursday 30 June 2011

“Dead Reckoning by Sarmila Bose- review: A long-overdue study of Bangladesh’s war of independence”

By Martin Woolacott, The Guardian, Friday 1 July 2011

“Subcontinental Drift: Does the controversial book about Bangladesh’s war of liberation uncover new truths, or simply reverse old biases?”

By Salil Tripathi, The Wall Street Journal, Friday 15 July 2011

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“Sarmila Bose and bad arithmetic”

By Syed Badrul Ahsan, The Daily Star, Wednesday 13 July 2011

“Misusing the past”

By A.R, The Economist, Monday 1 August 2011

“Thoughts on Dead Reckoning”

By Arnold Zeitlin, The Daily Star, Saturday 17 December 2011

“Dead Reckoning: Disappearing stories and evidence” 

By Gita Sahgal, The Daily Star, Sunday 18 December 2011