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Since 1947 : partition narratives among Punjabi migrants of Delhi /
Ravinder Kaur.
imprint
New Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
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277 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0195683773, 9780195683776
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imprint
New Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
isbn
0195683773
9780195683776
catalogue key
6808091
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [258]-269) and index.
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"Kaur provides the most compelling evidence yet to help us understand how the social dislocation of Patrition-related migration was limited by the state to ensure that social hierarchies remained more or less intact...[This book] added immeasurably both to the empirical depth of knowledge regarding Partition and its aftermath as well as shed light on its differential consequences...deserving of a wide readership."--H-Asia
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Since 1947is about a series of events--the departure of the British, the inauguration of the post-colonial Indian state, and an unprecedented forced migration that followed Partition. Most importantly, it summarizes the nearly six decade-long efforts at restoring the loss of homes, livelihoods, and national territory in 1947. This study tells the story of Hindus and Sikhs from the North West Frontier Province and West Punjab who made India's capital their new home. Based on the everyday life of the migrants in three resettlement colonies, the book focuses on the period between 1947 and 1965--from the time of Partition till the official closure of resettlement work. It shows how Partition stands as a living theme, a point of reference for the Delhi Punjabis. The narrative is woven with memories of lived and inherited experiences and national histories of Partition. The refugees' journey towards becoming 'locals' is mapped through an exploration of their coping strategies, and gradual identification with the Indian state. This work, thus, shifts focus from standard debates on Hindus-Muslims, Congress party-Muslim League, India-Pakistan, and opens up the inquiry to uncharted territory. Ravinder Kaur also challenges narratives that represent migration as chaotic, disorderly, and hurried. Using personal and governmental narratives, she shows that the population movement--layered by multiple levels of class, caste and gender experience--was far more complicated than we popularly imagine.
Table of Contents
Narrating everyday forms of past : an introductionp. 1
State and community in the narratives of displacementp. 42
The last journey : exploring social class in partition migrationp. 65
Governmental policies and practices of resettlementp. 84
Restoration of lossp. 121
Missing fields : the 'untouchable' migrants of partitionp. 157
Claims of locality : at home in Delhip. 181
Ethnic amnesia : identity making among Punjabi Hindusp. 217
A community of narrativep. 246
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