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Partitioned LivesMigrants, Refugees, Citizens in India and Pakistan, 1947-65$
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Haimanti Roy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198081777

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198081777.001.0001

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Limits of the Nation

Limits of the Nation

(p.56) 2 Limits of the Nation
Partitioned Lives

Haimanti Roy

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the impact of the Boundary Award on the lives of people who lived in the borderland and those who attempted to cross it. It shows how the new border becomes an economic and national frontier, criminalizing the traditional passage of goods and people. Border disputes along the Bengal border became national talking points between India and East Pakistan, even as border policy was implemented at the discretion and contextual interpretations of officials on the ground. It traces the establishment of a documentary regime at the border which now categorized border crossers differentially as legal migrants, refugees, aliens and foreigners. However, such limits were continuously tested by the movement of smuggled goods and by people who circumvented the government channels of border outposts and documentary control.

Keywords:   passports, visas, border disputes, Boundary Award, smuggling, border outposts, Jawaharlal Nehru, Liaquat Ali

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