WIKIPEDIA: Anthony Mascarenhas (1928-1986)
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Anthony Mascarenhas

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Neville Anthony Mascarenhas (10 July 1928 – 3 December 1986) was a
Pakistani journalist and author. His works include exposés on the brutality
of Pakistan's military during the 1971 independence movement of Bangladesh,
The Rape of Bangla Desh (1971) and Bangladesh: A Legacy of Blood (1986).[1]


1Personal life

Personal life[edit source]

Mascarenhas was born into a Goan Catholic family in Belgaum, and educated
in Karachi.[2] He and his wife Yvonne Mascarenhas together had five
children. He died in 1986.[3]

Career[edit source]

Mascarenhas was a journalist who was the assistant editor at The Morning
News (Karachi).[4] After collecting information on the atrocities committed
in Bangladesh, he realised he could not publish the story in Pakistan and
contacted Harold Evans of The Sunday Times. Before the publication of his
report in 1971, he moved his family to Britain.[5] Thereafter, he worked
for 14 years with The Sunday Times. Afterwards, he was a freelance writer.

In 1972, he was awarded the Granada's Gerald Barry Award for lifetime
achievement in journalism (ceremony on What The Papers Say), as well as the
International Publishing Company's Special Award for reporting on the human
rights violations committed during the Bangladesh Liberation War.[6] His
article "Genocide" in The Sunday Times on 13 June 1971 is credited with
having "exposed for the first time the scale of the Pakistan army's brutal
campaign to suppress its breakaway eastern province".[1]

The BBC writes: "There is little doubt that Mascarenhas' reportage played
its part in ending the war. It helped turn world opinion against Pakistan
and encouraged India to play a decisive role."[1] Indian Prime Minister
Indira Gandhi stating that Mascarenhas' article led her "to prepare the
ground for India's armed intervention".[1]

The Bangladeshi government honoured Mascarenhas's contribution to the
nation during the 1971 liberation war by preparing an official list of

Works[edit source]

—— (1971). The Rape of Bangla Desh. Delhi: Vikas Publications. ISBN
—— (1986). Bangladesh: A Legacy of Blood. London: Hodder and Stoughton.
ISBN 0-340-39420-X.

References[edit source]

^ Jump up to:a b c d "Bangladesh war: The article that changed history".
BBC News. 16 December 2011.
Jump up^ Sarwar, Beena (16 July 2011). "Pakistani Journalists: Standing
Tall". Economic & Political Weekly. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
Jump up^ "Mr Anthony Mascarenhas". The Times (Obituary). London. 8 December
1986. p. 14.
Jump up^ Ehsan, Muhammad Ali (25 November 2012). "Must we apologise?".
Pakistan Observer. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 24
April 2013.
Jump up^ Jack, Ian (21 May 2011). "It's not the arithmetic of genocide
that's important. It's that we pay attention". The Guardian. Retrieved 24
April 2013.
Jump up^ Veenhoven, Willem Adriaan; Samenlevingen, Stichting Plurale
(1976). Case Studies on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: A World
Survey. 5. BRILL. p. 239. ISBN 90-247-1779-5.
Jump up^ "Bangladesh: Foreigners to be honoured for contribution to
Liberation War". Right Vision News. 26 March 2010.

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WorldCat IdentitiesBNF: cb13092144t (data)ISNI: 0000 0000 8165 9042SUDOC:
030453305VIAF: 93374896

Categories: 1928 births1986 deathsPeople of the Bangladesh Liberation
WarBritish Asian writersGoan CatholicsPakistani dissidentsPakistani
emigrants to the United KingdomPakistani male journalistsPakistani people
of Goan descent