By Srinath Raghavan
The warfare of 1971 used to be the main major geopolitical occasion within the Indian subcontinent on the grounds that its partition in 1947. At one swoop, it resulted in the production of Bangladesh, and it tilted the stability of energy among India and Pakistan steeply in want of India. the road of regulate in Kashmir, the nuclearization of India and Pakistan, the conflicts in Siachen Glacier and Kargil, the insurgency in Kashmir, the political travails of Bangladesh--all will be traced again to the serious 9 months in 1971.
Against the grain of bought knowledge, Srinath Raghavan contends that faraway from being a predestined occasion, the production of Bangladesh was once the made of conjuncture and contingency, selection and probability. The breakup of Pakistan and the emergence of Bangladesh may be understood in basic terms in a much wider overseas context of the interval: decolonization, the chilly struggle, and incipient globalization. In a story populated via the likes of Nixon, Kissinger, Zhou Enlai, Indira Gandhi, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Tariq Ali, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, and Bob Dylan, Raghavan vividly portrays the stellar foreign solid that formed the origins and end result of the Bangladesh crisis.
This strikingly unique background makes use of the instance of 1971 to open a window to the character of foreign humanitarian crises, their administration, and their unintentional results.
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20 Two things are significant in this depiction: the connection of an aggressive woman from Lesbos with masculinity and the portrayal of the seduced as a prostitute. Both masculinity and prostitution, as we shall see, have a long history of association with female same-sex love. A lyric poem by Anacreon, a lover of boys who was born about 570 BCE, tells of a girl from Lesbos who, at a banquet, spurns him and instead lusts after another woman, suggesting that the courtesans and dancers who would have attended and been enveloped in the erotic atmosphere of a banquet Figure 3.
Although Lilith’s promiscuity there results in the birth of demons, and she later comes back to seduce Adam, what if that was not the only sexual misconduct in which she engaged? 45 According to Aristophanes via Plato, human beings originally had four arms, four legs, two faces, and two sets of genitals: they were like two people glued back to back. Some were male, some were female, and some were mixed, both male and female. At some point they annoyed Zeus, so he cut them in two to punish them.
What evidence we do have of female same-sex sexuality in diverse ancient societies is fragmentary. Pottery depicting same-sex sexual acts, including between women, from the Mochica (100–800s CE) and Chimu (1100–1400s CE) civilizations that flourished before the advent of Inca rule in what is now Peru suggests at least knowledge, and perhaps acceptance, of such relations. The document known as the Florentine Codex— written in Nahuatl, the indigenous language of the Aztecs, shortly after the Spanish conquest—suggests that preconquest Aztec attitudes toward both male and female same-sex sexuality were not as harsh as those of the conquistadors.
1971 - A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh by Srinath Raghavan