"Rashid Talukder’s photo
of the dismembered head in Rayerbazar, or the Pullitzer
winning image by Michel Laurent and Horst Faas, of the
bayoneting of Razakars have been used to represent Bangladesh’s
war of liberation. Kishor Parekh photographed a different
war. An old man held up a tiny flag of the new Bangladesh.
A child cast a furtive glance at a corpse in the street.
Jubilant children laughed as they ran across mustard
fields in bloom. Women shed silent tears. "Shoot
me right now, or take me", he had said to the major
who refused to take this unaccredited photographer.
But Parekh did board the helicopter, but then went his
own way. On his own, with limited film, Parekh photographed
the war that ordinary women, men and children had fought."