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1. Brooke Allen author of (Benazir Bhutto favoured daughter)

Bennington College

“Faisal Khosa gives us the complex diplomatic history of the Indian subcontinent in a clear, coherent and fascinating form through the personalities of its three most remarkable politicians: Indira Gandhi, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Their conflicting agendas and political styles make for high drama, and the results of their interactions continue to reverberate in the twenty-first century.”

2. Sanjiv Chopra (Leadership by Example)

Kudos to Faisal Khosa for penning a remarkably well researched and illuminating book about three dynamic political leaders of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Their followers held them up on a pedestal and literally worshipped them. Their critics portrayed them as power hungry, ruthless and tyrannical. It’s a must read for anyone interested in historical facts and the indelible mark these three contemporaries left. The reader will be informed about the “ truth” and find much to ponder over.

Sanjiv Chopra MD MACP
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
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3. Professor David Lewis

London School of Economics and Political Science

“Dr Faisal Khosa has written an original and thought provoking book that provides new insights and perspectives on three of South Asia’s most important twentieth century leaders.”

David Lewis, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK

4. Edmund Burke

Professor Emeritus
Research Professor of History
Director: Center For World History

University of California Santa Cruz

“I am interested to learn of your new book on the early leaders of the South Asian States. I am sure it will win many classroom adoptions as a key text on an important subject. “

5. Douglas T. McGetchin

Associate Professor, History

Florida Atlantic University

“Insightful sketches of three charismatic South Asian leaders, all of whom met an untimely end. Particularly interesting are the parallels between the figures and the varying perspectives each figure had in various regions of the subcontinent and among different factions, whether constituents or opponents.”

“Reconciling differences, South Asian torn apart, this book brings together voices and perspectives riven asunder, an important step towards peace mutual understanding and international cooperation. The author heeds the danger, but charts a course to survey the contested shoals of political dispute around each of the figures.”

6. Shuja Nawaz

Faisal Khosa has produced a very timely and necessary historical re-examination of three major figures of South Asia, each doomed to die a violent death, and whose actions continue to reverberate in the history of the region to this day. Bhutto, Gandhi, and Sheikh Mujib were towering figures on their domestic landscape. By juxtaposing their stories Khosa has helped clarify lessons for scholars and politicians in South Asia today to avoid the pitfalls of Hubris and to place the needs of their people first. If this book produces introspection, then Khosa will have succeeded in his quest.

Shuja Nawaz, Distinguished Fellow, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council, Washington DC. Author Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within and a forthcoming volume of the US-Pakistan relations 2008-18.

7. Professor Ian Talbot.

Professor of Modern British History,
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

“Dr Faisal Khosa has brought a fresh approach to the understanding of three populist leaders, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Their interactions and leaderships profoundly influenced the course of South Asian history in the third quarter of the twentieth century. The volume brings this drama to life whose legacy remains influential for the region.”

8. James Manor

Position: Emeritus Professor of Commonwealth Studies
Institute: Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Location: Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU

“This admirable book tackles a topic that has had far too little attention in studies of politics in and beyond South Asia – political assassinations and their impact. It also offers clear, enlightening accounts of lives and untimely ends of three crucial leaders. It deserves careful attention from specialists and non-specialists alike.”

James Manor, School of Advanced Study, University of London

9. Julian Schofield, PhD

Associate Professor, Political Science
Concordia University, Canada
Julian Schofield has been a key advisor to the Canadian government and intelligence services on Pakistan. He is the author of Militarization and War (2007)

“Making of Martyr’s in India, Pakistan & Bangladesh: Indira, Bhutto & Mujib not only presents a novel examination of the important developments of foundational South Asian history through the prism of three pivotal leaders, but is also an interesting personality study of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Indira Gandhi, and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in those great events.”

Associate Professor, Political Science
Concordia University, Canada

10. Matthew A. Cook, Ph.D.
Professor of Postcolonial and South Asian Studies
Department of Language and Literature
Department of History
Office: 321 Farrison-Newton Communications Bldg.
North Carolina Central University

“Khosa’s book is well researched and lucidly written. It triangulates Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh and three key leaders of these countries: Z.A. Bhutto, Indira Gandhi, and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The book interweaves the stories of these three leaders to create a historical narrative that is “South Asian.” Not narrowly defined by the nationalist histories of Pakistan, India, or Bangladesh the book will appeal to the public in all three countries as well to specialists in South Asia and across the globe.”

Matthew A. Cook, Ph.D.
Professor of Postcolonial and South Asian Studies
North Carolina Central University, USA

11. Professor Matthew McCartney

“They were products of the same colonial experience which both nurtured and angered them, they inspired many and were hated by many more. They each rose to unmatched heights of political power, offered India, Pakistan and Bangladesh a vision for social and economic change and were each afterwards assassinated by political opponents. Their legacies remain intertwined with the contemporary realities of modern South Asia. They fell from power in the 1970s within a few months of each other; yet their stories are seldom told together. I am delighted that Dr Faisal Khosa has told the stories of Indira Gandhi, Zulfikar Bhutto, and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman together in this important and original book. This book will be an invaluable teaching resource for South Asian studies.”

Professor Matthew McCartney
Director of South Asian Studies 2011-2018
Associate Professor in the Political Economy and Human Development of South Asia
University of Oxford

12. Professor Sarah Ansari
Department of History
Royal Holloway University of London
Expertise Pakistan & India

“At a time when populist politics are sweeping much of the world, Faisal Khosa explores the closely- connected careers of three earlier South Asian leaders – Indira Gandhi, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – whose populist legacies still resonate across the region as a whole. His accessible, joined-up reassessment challenges the image of a deeply-divided sub-continent by drawing attention to what India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have in common as far as their respective political histories are concerned. “

13. Jean-Luc Racine, Emeritus CNRS Senior Fellow, Centre for South Asian Studies, School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris

“Three national leaders who redefined postcolonial South Asia. Three tragic figures, who met with unnatural death. Beyond the individual role and the intertwined destinies of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Faisal Khosa recaptures with talent and insight the tense times of the 70s and 80s, which saw not just the South Asia map redrawn, but also challenged the nature and continuity of democracy in the sub-continent.”

14. Christopher Candland

” Faisal Khosa’s book is smartly written and makes for very enjoyable reading. The focus on assassinated leaders in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh turns out to be an ideal way to introduce the politics and cultures of South Asia. I foresee Making of Martyrs being widely read by those interested in South Asia and being widely adopted in comparative politics and South Asia courses (I will use Faisal Khosa’s book in my Politics of South Asia courses). Making of Martyrs is a highly significant work.”

Christopher Candland
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, South Asia Studies Program
Wellesley College, Wellesley MA 02481, USA

15. Golam M. Mathbor

“The book is must reading for anyone who cares about governance and leadership pattern in the subcontinent, and therefore, more stable Subcontinent. Khosa brilliantly explores and explains the psyche of leadership styles the age-old conundrum-how leaders, subcontinent, and others, are influenced and changed. As an informed citizen and a reader, it is intriguing from the book that family dynasty in the Subcontinent is an impediment to flourishing democracy.”

Golam M. Mathbor, Ph.D., Professor, Monmouth University; President, American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS); and Former President, Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID).

16. Habibul Khondker

“Lucidly written and well-documented, this book captures not only the political biographies of the three pivotal leaders of South Asia but also sheds valuable light on the politics of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh during the watershed period of the 1960s to the 1980s.”

Habibul Haque Khondker, (Phd, Pittsburgh)
Professor of Social Sciences at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi and co-author Globalization: East and West (with Bryan Turner) Sage, 2010.

17. Professor Riaz Ali

“Faisal Khosa’s comparative analysis of three most important leaders of modern South Asian history – Indira Gandhi, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, not only shows their similarities and differences but also reveals how their policies have shaped the contemporary political milieu. He has weaved a story that is gripping and informative, at once. This book deserves attention of anyone interested in understanding South Asian politics.”

Ali Riaz
Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Illinois State University, USA.
Author of ‘Bangladesh: A Political History since Independence’