The 1971 war between India and Pakistan was a pivotal point in world history, resulting in the formation of a new country, Bangladesh. Celebrating the golden jubilee of this victory of India, Times Chronicles, the content studio from Times Network that produces originals, has announced the launch of ‘1971 Birth of a Nation’, a documentary series that will unravel the tale of a revolutionary battle led by India post-independence. Honouring the valour and sacrifices of the brave soldiers who fought the 1971 war, the seven-part docu-series will air from Saturday, November 27, 2021, on Times Now and Times Now World at 6 pm and Mirror Now at 7:30 pm.
The 13-day military conflict is one of the shortest wars in history and it ended with a decisive win for India. Narrating the gripping story of India’s strategic diplomacy and military capabilities, the documentary explores the reason behind the genocide in East Pakistan and the political history behind the birth of a new country Bangladesh. The series also brings a comprehensive account of the political tussles led to India overthrowing Pakistan, what caused friction between east and west Pakistan, how the political diplomacy of Indira Gandhi proved ingenious in the period leading to the war, the role of MI, IB and RAW in the 1971 war, operation Searchlight and the Dhaka University massacre and the significance of India’s intervention in the matters of east and west Pakistan.
Offering a glimpse into the mindsets and emotions of the times, the series will feature first-person accounts and anecdotes of senior officers from Indian Army, Navy and Airforce and brings together government officials, historians, journalists, victims of 1971 war, Bangladesh - Mukti Joddhas, who were in the thick of the action at the time. This includes, Probal Dasgupta - Author: Watershed 1967: India’s Forgotten Victory Over China, Historian and Army veteran, Ratna Biswas - 1971 survivor, Meghna Guhathakurta - 1971 survivor & Executive Director, Research Initiatives, Bangladesh, Lieutenant General Depinder Singh (Retd) - Assistant to Sam Manekshaw from 1969 to 1973 during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, Colonel MS Joon, who played a key role in training the Mukti Bahini in 1971, Jayanta Sanyal – Former Indian Bureaucrat, Chandrashekhar Dasgupta - Former Indian ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg and China, Lt Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir (Retd) - Mukti Joddha, Nitin A. Gokhale - National Security Analyst and Author and Maroof Raza - Consulting Editor, Times Network amongst others.
Culled from the archival reels gathered from the Films Division of India, the series visually recreates the historic scenarios and circumstances by capturing actual locations of the battles, war memorials, unseen footage and pictures of the wars, making it essential viewing for every Indian citizen to understand and learn the military history of the nation.