Sarmila Bose

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Sarmila Bose born Boston, Massachusetts, USA is a journalist, academic and senior research associate at the Centre for International Studies in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.[1] She is the author of the controversial[2] book, Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War and of Money, energy, and welfare: the state and the household in India's rural electrification policy, published by Oxford University Press in 1993.[3] Bose, advocated for the sale of F-16 fighter aircraft to Pakistan, together with ex-US Ambassador in Pakistan, William Milam in 2005,[4] in their article, The right stuff: F-16s to Pakistan is wise decision.[5] Bose has been criticized for her analysis of the 1971 Bangladesh genocide.[6] She has responded to three of her most notable critics – Naeem Mohaiemen, Urvashi Butalia, and Srinath Raghavan – in the same publication.[7]

Her parents were Sisir Kumar Bose, a pediatrician and Krishna Bose, professor of English, writer and politician.[8]


  1. ^ Oxford University Faculty Bio
  2. ^ Lawson, Alastair (16 June 2011). "Controversial book accuses Bengalis of 1971 war crimes". BBC. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  3. ^ WorldCat item record
  4. ^ Sobhan, Zafar. "Bose is more Pakistani than Jinnah the Quaid". The Sunday Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Milam, William (April 11, 2005). "The right stuff: F-16s to Pakistan is wise decision". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Mohaiemen, Naeem (2011-09-03). "Flying Blind: Waiting for a Real Reckoning on 1971". Economic & Political Weekly 46 (36): 40–52. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  7. ^ Bose, Sarmila (2011-12-31). "‘Dead Reckoning’: A Response". Economic & Political Weekly 46 (53): 76–70. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  8. ^ Bhaumik, Subir (29 April 2011). "Book, film greeted with fury among Bengalis". aljazeera. Retrieved 21 December 2013.