1972 Photo Contest, Spot News, 3rd prize

Santosh Basak

The Associated Press

01 October, 1971

A 99-year-old refugee from East Pakistan is carried by her 79-year-old son towards the town of Bongaon in India.

East Pakistan had attempted to secede from Pakistan, leading to a civil war. India intervened in support of East Pakistan, which eventually broke away to become Bangladesh.

About the photographer

Santosh Basak

Santosh Basak (1930) took his first news picture for the Calcutta news paper The Statesman, when in October 1959 a severe cholera and smallpox epidemic struck his home town of Da...

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