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  1. Ian Talbot

Professor of Modern British History
University of Southampton
Southampton United Kingdom
Best Selling Author

“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.”

 

  1. Matthew McCartney PhD

Director of South Asian Studies 2011-2018
Associate Professor
Political Economy and Human Development of South Asia
University of Oxford
Oxford United Kingdom
Best Selling Author

“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.”

 

  1. David Lewis

Professor of Social Policy and Development
Department of Social Policy
London School of Economics & Political Science
London, United Kingdom
Best Selling Author

“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.”

 

  1. Ayesha Jalal

Mary Richardson Professor of History
Director, Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies
Tufts University
Medford, Massachusetts, USA
Best Selling Author

“While South Asia’s triad of populist-martyrs – Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – have attracted insightful scholarly analysis in the past, this is the first comprehensive comparative study of their politics and personalities. Engaging and accessible, this is a welcome addition to the field that will be read widely.”

 

  1. Golam M. Mathbor PhD

Professor Monmouth University
President, American Institute of Bangladesh Studies
Former President, Canadian Association for the Study of International Development
New Jersey, USA
Best Selling Author

“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.”

 

  1. James Manor

Emeritus Professor of Commonwealth Studies
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
School of Advanced Study
University of London
London, United Kingdom
Best Selling Author

“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.”

 

  1. Shuja Nawaz

Distinguished Fellow, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council
Washington DC, USA
Best Selling Author

“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.”

 

  1. Brooke Allen

Bennington College
Vermont, USA
Best Selling Author

“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.”

 

  1. Julian Schofield PhD

Associate Professor of Political Science
Concordia University
Montreal, Canada
Best Selling Author

“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.”

 

  1. Douglas T. McGetchin PhD

Associate Professor of History
Florida Atlantic University
Florida, USA
Best Selling Author

“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.”

 

  1. Matthew A. Cook PhD

Professor of Postcolonial and South Asian Studies
Department of History
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina, USA
President American Institute of Pakistan Studies
Best Selling Author

“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.”

 

  1. Sarah Ansari

Professor Department of History
Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, United Kingdom
Best Selling Author

“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.  “

 

  1. Christopher Candland

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Director, South Asia Studies Program
Wellesley College, Wellesley
Massachusetts, USA
Best Selling Author

“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.”

 

  1. Jean-Luc Racine PhD

Emeritus CNRS Senior Fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies
Centre for South Asian Studies
School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences
Paris, France
Best Selling Author

“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.”

 

  1. Edmund Burke

Professor Emeritus
Research Professor of History
Founding Director Center for World History
University of California Santa Cruz
California, USA
Best Selling Author

“I am sure it will win many classroom adoptions as a key text on an important subject.”

 

  1. Habibul Haque Khondker PhD

Professor of Social Sciences
Zayed University
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Best Selling Author

“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.”

 

  1. Riaz Ali PhD

Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Illinois State University, USA
Best Selling Author

“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.”

 

  1. Sanjiv Chopra MD MACP

Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts, USA
Best Selling Author

“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.”