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Bangladesh is a developing country in South Asia, located on the fertile Ganges Delta. It is bordered by the Republic of India to its north, west and east, by the Union of Myanmar (Burma) to its south-east and by the Bay of Bengal to its south. It is separated from the Democratic Republic of Nepal and the Kingdom of Bhutan by the narrow Indian Siliguri Corridor. Together with the neighboring Indian states of West Bengal and Tripura, it makes up the ethno-linguistic region of Bengal. The name, Bangladesh, means "Country of Bengal" in the official Bengali language.

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  • Bangladesh, Bangladesh
    Bangladesh, Bangladesh
    When the sun sinks in the west
    Die a million people of the Bangladesh.


  • Millions of souls nineteen seventy one
    Homeless on Jessore road under grey sun
    A million are dead, the million who can
    Walk toward Calcutta from East Pakistan.


  • Those sons-of-bitches, who never have lifted a finger for us, why should we get involved in the morass of East Pakistan? ... [I]f East Pakistan becomes independent, it is going to become a cesspool. It’s going be 100 million people, they have the lowest standard of living in Asia. No resources. They’re going to become a ripe field for Communist infiltration.
    • Henry Kissinger, quoted in G. J. Bass, The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide (2014)
  • Not one has yet understood what we did in India-Pakistan and how it saved the China option which we need for the bloody Russians. Why would we give a damn about Bangladesh?”
    • Henry Kissinger, to U.S. President Richard Nixon, who responded: "We don't." Quoted in G. J. Bass, The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide (2014), Epilogue






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