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Since 1947Partition Narratives among Punjabi Migrants of Delhi$
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Ravinder Kaur

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195683776

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195683776.001.0001

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State and Community in the Narratives of Displacement

State and Community in the Narratives of Displacement

(p.42) 2. State and Community in the Narratives of Displacement
Since 1947

Ravinder Kaur

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This chapter discusses the narratives on state and community. It also describes the social aspects of the state. Systematic perusal of the problems requires that the state in India be examined as a social being rather than as a political actor, that is, as an entity entwined with and not detached from society. The symbolic aspect of the community grants a greater leverage in expanding the conceptual base and provides scope for varied interpretations. Partition violence constitutes a kind of civil war where the opponents were more or less equally matched. The results of a sample survey gave a general profile of the migrants and challenged some of the prevalent views on Partition migration. The occasional shift between first and third person narration shows the dilemmas inherent in the author's involvement in this study.

Keywords:   state, community, India, narratives, Partition violence, Partition migration

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