South Asian Conflicts and Independence for Bangladesh, 1965-1971

22 September 2011

The second section to Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980: South Asian Conflicts and Independence for Bangladesh, 1965-1971 is now available.

The continued fighting over Kashmir and the separation of Bangladesh from Pakistan meant that further conflict dominated the period between 1965 and 1971. It saw Indira Gandhi, Nehru's daughter, gain power in India, whilst the military government of Pakistan wrestled with political disturbances, military crises and issues in East Pakistan.

This new section also covers:

  • Asian immigration to the UK
  • The internal political situation in India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Ceylon
  • The Tarbela Dam project in Pakistan
  • US arms sales to India and Pakistan
  • British policy on aid and development in the region
  • British economic assistance for Afghanistan
  • Ceylon's intention to become a republic
  • President Nixon's visit to Pakistan in 1969
  • Reports on events in individual Indian states
  • The development of television and films in India
  • Nuclear policy in India
  • Indo-Soviet relations
  • Events leading to the declaration of independence for Bangladesh
  • UN debates - India, Pakistan and the dispute over Kashmir
  • Military situation, refugee crises and famine relief in East Pakistan

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