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Sarmila Bose (born July 4, 1959, Boston, Massachusetts) was appointed Director of the newly-opened Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University in 2006, a position she relinquished in 2008 to become a senior researcher in the Department of Politics at Oxford.

She is controversial for her writing on the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, suggesting that the casualties and rape allegations in the Bangladesh Liberation War were greatly exaggerated for political purposes.[1][2]. Her views have been criticized strongly in Bangladesh.[3]

She had her schooling in Modern High School, Kolkata; she received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College and masters and PhD from Harvard University in political economy. She is also a singer.


Her parents were Sisir Kumar Bose, a pediatrician and Krishna Bose, professor of English, writer and politician. Her paternal grandfather Sarat Chandra Bose was a barrister and a nationalist leader of distinction. Her mother's two uncles were Nirad Chaudhuri, the writer and critic and K. C. Chaudhuri, the pioneer pediatrician.

She is married to Alan Rosling[1], a British man. Alan Rosling is an executive director of Tata Sons. He is a member of the Tata Group Corporate Centre and is responsible for the Group's drive to internationalise. He is also a director of Tata AutoComp Systems and Tata International.They have three sons[2].


  1. ^ U.S Department of State South Asia in Crisis: United States Policy, 1961-1972 June 28-29, 2005, Loy Henderson Auditorium, Tentative Program
  2. ^ Anatomy of Violence: Analysis of Civil War in East Pakistan in 1971 by Sarmila Bose in the Economic and Political Weekly, October 8, 2005
  3. ^ In this website, we tried to collate information concerning this paper including Sarmila Bose’s original paper, relevant Bangla articles and rebuttals of Bose’s paper on the Drishtipat web site. Drishtipatis a non-profit, non-political expatriate Bangladeshi organization

Anatomy of Violence by Sarmila Bose

  • Nayanika Mookerjee responds to Sarmila Bose in EPW[3]

Daily Star [4]

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