Salil Tripathi | The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy

Reading - Nonfiction | October 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Salil Tripathi, Writer and Journalist

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley is delighted to welcome Author Salil Tripathi and his book on the Bangladesh War of Liberation, The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy, a searing, kaleidoscopic portrait of Bangladesh from the 1947 Partition to the present.

About the Book
Bangladesh was once East Pakistan, the Muslim nation carved out of the Indian Subcontinent when it gained independence from Britain in 1947. As religion alone could not keep East Pakistan and West Pakistan together, Bengali-speaking East Pakistan fought for and achieved liberation in 1971. Coups and assassinations followed, and two decades later it completed its long, tumultuous transition to parliamentary government. Its history is complex and tragic—one of war, natural disaster, starvation, corruption, and political instability.

First published in India by the Aleph Book Company, Salil Tripathi’s lyrical, beautifully wrought tale of the difficult birth and conflict-ridden politics of this haunted land has received international critical acclaim, and his reporting has been honored with a Mumbai Press Club Red Ink Award for Excellence in Journalism. The Colonel Who Would Not Repent is an insightful study of a nation struggling to survive and define itself.

Speaker Bio
Salil Tripathi is a contributing editor at Mint and Caravan, both published in India, and lives in London. He chairs PEN International's Writers in Prison Committee. He was born in Bombay and studied at New Era School and later Sydenham College, and did his MBA at Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College in the U.S. He has been a correspondent at India Today, and in 1991 he moved to Singapore, where he was regional economics correspondent for Far Eastern Economic Review. He moved to London in 1999 and has written for publications including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, New Republic, Guardian, The New Yorker, and others. His journalism has won the Red Ink Prize for human rights journalism from the Mumbai Press Club, a Bastiat Prize, and the Citibank Pan Asia Journalism Award. His books include Offence: The Hindu Case (Seagull, 2009); The Colonel Who Would Not Repent (Aleph, 2014, and Yale, 2016), and Detours: Songs of the Open Road (Tranquebar, 2015). Aleph will publish his next book, about Gujaratis, in 2018.

Established in 2013 with a generous gift from the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley champions the study of Bangladesh’s cultures, peoples and history. The first of its kind in the US, the Center’s mission is to create an innovative model combining research, scholarships, the promotion of art and culture, and the building of ties between institutions in Bangladesh and the University of California.

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