Dhaka, June 12 -- Indira Gandhi was busy at the celebrations of India's independence day on 15 August 1975 when she was given news of the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family earlier that morning in Dhaka. It was a shock for the Indian Prime Minister to know that a friend she had known so closely and for whom she had spoken before the world in the dark days of 1971 had lost his life in the very country he had led to freedom.

Mrs Gandhi's sense of grief on the day was palpable. She must have recalled all the moments when she had warned Bangabandhu of the many threats to his life and asked him to make sure his security was strengthened. She was constantly worried that Bangabandhu's lifestyle, even as th...