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DACCA Diary from Intercontinental Hotel, Dec 5, 1971

  • Published at 03:46 am December 5th, 2019
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Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

In honour of the month of victory, the Dhaka Tribune is republishing the Pulitzer Prize winning daily dispatches of then Wall Street Journal (WSJ) correspondent Peter R Kann

Sunday,

Anticlimactic day. Nothing to compare with yesterday’s air spectacular. Lots of rumours circulating. One favourite has Indian army columns only 60 miles from Dacca. Someone consults map and discovers Indian border to the east less than 60 miles away. Western families resident in Dhaka congregating at Intercontinental. Rumors of planned United Nations relief flight to Bangkok confirmed by UN officials at evening meeting at the bar. A Gregory Peck scene – distinguished grey-haired UN official talking about women and children first. Some of the men buying out hotel bar’s Scotch supply at US$35 a bottle. It’s a stockpiling sort of day. 

“Sartre would dig this place”, one reporter says. “Why?” “No Exit”

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