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Richard Helms, the then director of the CIA, reported “that Indira Gandhi had designs beyond East Pakistan and was determined to destroy Pakistan entirely in the war.”

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Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib & Indira Gandhi

Former CIA official Bruce Reidel says Indira Gandhi was paranoid about the ‘evil designs’ of the US, holding it responsible for Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s assassination 38 years ago…

“She was convinced they got him and that the CIA was determined to assassinate her next to avenge 1971,” Reidel says in his latest book “Avoiding Armageddon: America, India, and Pakistan to the Brink and Back”.

The book is published by Harper Collins.

Indira Gandhi simply “did not need America”, but she was “convinced that Nixon was her enemy”, says Riedel.

Her suspicion about a CIA assassination attempt on her intensified after the “hero of Bangladesh’s independence struggle, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was murdered in a bloody coup in 1975. She believed it was orchestrated to punish her for the 1971 war.”

In October 1974, however, the then US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, was sent to…

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