The main text covers military and guerilla actions and touches upon political as well as other related matters. Comparatively wider coverage of the armed actions does not imply greater importance or precedence of military actions over the long-drawn struggle of the vast majority of the people. The significance of freedom movements cannot be comprehended by studying military actions or guerrilla activities alone. To understand the true dimension liberation wars one must be aware of the aspirations of the millions of people; aspirations that span over hundreds of years and are nurtured and passed on from generation to generation. Although armed action is just one aspect of a freedom movement, the totality of such a movement encompasses human societies so overwhelmingly that all liberation wars leave permanent imprints not only on the history of the nation concerned, but on mankind as a whole. As such, while reading the book it should be remembered that – Liberation Wars are not mere military campaigns. They essentially are people’s wars. Without people’s participation there can be no victory and no freedom in the long run.
About the Author
Rafiqul Islam B. U. was born in Comilla in Sept. 1943. After finishing college education he studied Economics at Dhaka University. He was an active participant in the students’ movement in 1962 against Pakistan’s President Ayub Khan. While a student at the university he worked for sometime as a correspondent with the U.P.P which is a news agency. In 1963, he left the university before completing his studies and joined the Pakistan Army. He was commissioned in the Corps of Army Engineers and later served in the Corps of Artillery. In the beginning of 1970 he was deputed to EPR Sector Head-Quarter at Chittagong as Adjutant of the sector. In March 1971, he joined the Bangladesh Liberation War, and was one of the pioneer freedom fighters. During the Liberation War, he was Commander of Sector No. 1 of Bangladesh Forces. Along with others, he was awarded the Bir Uttam (B.U.), Bangladesh’s highest decoration (non-posthumous) for bravery. On April 29, 1972, he was released from military service. Thereafter he worked as Associate Editors of The People’s View, an English daily newspaper from Chittagong. He received higher education on management development (PMD-41) at Harvard Business School in the U.S.A. in 1981. From 1977 to 1990, he was Chairman, Dhaka Water Supply Authority; Chairman, Bangladesh Handloom Board; and Lastly, Chairman, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC). In December, 1990, he was appointed Advisor to the Acting President of Bangladesh in the caretaker neutral government, and held the charges of the Ministry of Ports and Shipping, and the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism. He is elected as an Honorary of Member of Parliament of Bangladesh in the election of 2008.
About The Book
A Tale of Millions is a breathtaking account of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 that saw countless fierce and bloody battles during the nine months of fighting. It is a prosaic account of how the trigger-happy Pakistani Frankensteins were let loose to kill three million Benglalis and force over 10 million to flee to India. The author is a pioneer freedom fighter, and as commander of Sector No. 1 of Bangladesh Forces, conducted the war in his sector. And here the book assumes an added significance because it has been penned first ever by a sector commander of the Bangladesh Liberation War. First published in 1974, an enlarged second edition was brought out in 1981. Some of the actions not covered earlier have been added to the 1994 edition. In this invaluable document of Bangladesh Liberation War, the author narrates the genesis of the movement for independence, its trials and tribulations, hopes and frustrations; and finally triumph brought about by grit, determination and death-defying vow of the 75 million people. It reveals, in minute details, how a...