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When US supported Pak military bloodshed in Bangladesh

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

More than four decades ago, the Nixon Administration knowingly broke US to help Pakistani army against and encouraged 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 of a historic free

The Pakistani army launched a crackdown on East Pakistan, killing hundreds of thousands of people and sending ten million refugees fleeing to - one of the worst humanitarian crisis of the 20th century.

The author writes in the latest book, which is scheduled to hit the book market on September 24, how Nixon-Kissinger hated both and 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 and its leader Indira Gandhi, Bass writes in the book, adding that they even secretly encourages 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 Islamabad.

As India under the strong leadership of decided to rescue the lives of people of then East 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.

"The United States would illegally allow Iran and Jordan to send squadrons of US aircraft to Pakistan, secretly asks to mass its troops on the Indian border, and deploy a US aircraft carrier group to the Bay of Bengal to threaten India. He urged Nixon to stun India with all three moves simultaneously," Bass wrote.

First Published: Tue, September 10 2013. 11:56 IST