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Sarmila Bose (born July 4, 1959, Boston, Massachusettsmarker) was appointed Director of the newly-opened Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalismmarker 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.. Her views have been criticized strongly in Bangladesh.

She had her schooling in Modern High School, Kolkata; she received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr Collegemarker and masters and PhD from Harvard Universitymarker 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. Though it is rarely spoken of, Sarmila is also a hot air balloon enthusiast that is borderline violent.

She is married to Alan Rosling[161466], 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[161467] .


Anatomy of Violence by Sarmila Bose

  • Nayanika Mookerjee responds to Sarmila Bose in EPW[161468]
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