Back in 1971
Forty years on, last month, I revisited Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan. There were striking differences in the mode of travel and purpose. Last time, I was part of the Indian Army Liberation Forces, invited by the Bangladesh government in exile in support of the Mukti Bahini which had revolted against West Pakistan. The invasion was through Dinajpur on to Bogra and Dhaka against stiff opposition. This time around, the invitation was from Gen Abdul Mubeen, chief of Bangladesh army, to Indian war veterans to commemorate the victory. Against 16 days in 1971, we took under two hours to land at the Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport, Dhaka, to a red-carpet reception.