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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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Home and Hearth

Home and Hearth

(p.89) 3 Home and Hearth
Partitioned Lives

Haimanti Roy

Oxford University Press

The common assumption after the Partition was that minorities were ‘natural’ citizens of the country where their co-religionist lived. Thus Hindus were expected to remain or migrate to India while Muslims were expected to move to Pakistan. This chapter looks at the experiences of those minorities who continued to remain in their homeland instead of migrating to a new country. Through an examination of the Evacuee Property Legislation in East Pakistan which primarily impacted Hindu minorities there, I examine how property ownership and continued residence became one of the conditions of national citizenship.

Keywords:   Evacuee Property Act, Hindu minorities, migrants, evacuees, citizenship, enemy property, Dacca, East Bengal Legislative Assembly

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