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Displacement and ExileThe State-Refugee Relations in India$
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Abhijit Dasgupta

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199461172

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199461172.001.0001

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Residues of Partition

Residues of Partition

Displaced Bengalis in West Bengal

(p.17) 1 Residues of Partition
Displacement and Exile

Abhijit Dasgupta

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines some aspects of state–refugee relations in West Bengal in the wake of 1947 Partition, and explains the factors that led to conflict between a monolithic state and some marginalized sections of the Bengali society. It deals at length with the state policies towards refugees belonging to the scheduled caste (SC), scheduled tribe (ST), and the urban poor. Three different sites have been selected for the study of state–refugee relations: the Cooper’s Camp in Nadia district, Dandakaranya in central India, and Marichjhapi in the Sundarbans.

Keywords:   Partition refugees, Harijans, evacuee, transit points, rehabilitation, resettlement, Dandakaranya, Sunderbans, squatter’s colonies, unionization of refugees

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