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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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Restoration of Loss

Restoration of Loss

(p.121) 5. Restoration of Loss
Since 1947

Ravinder Kaur

Oxford University Press

The theme of active state involvement in post-Partition resettlement continues in this chapter. It focuses on the social, familial, and personal attempts at restoration. Three distinct narratives are constructed around the theme of restoration to exhibit the different strategies employed to make a home again in Delhi. The state is involved in each instance but the modes of involvement depart from each other, pointing to the dissimilar relationships the state had with different social groups. The centrality of moral restoration is visible in the three different narratives of resettlement. The narratives are laced half-a-century later with remarks and conclusions where the end (successful resettlement) is expected to justify the means (morally questionable resettlement practices). The three accounts indicate that the state was deliberately written out of the community and personal familial history. They expose the multiple levels of resettlement and the state appropriation of social norms therein.

Keywords:   post-Partition resettlement, state, social aspects, restoration, Delhi, community, personal familial history

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