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The long partition and the making of modern South Asia [electronic resource] : refugees, boundaries, histories / Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar.

By: Zamindar, Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Cultures of history: Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2007Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 288 p.) : ill., maps.ISBN: 9780231511018 (electronic bk.); 0231511019 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): India -- History -- Partition, 1947 | Refugees -- India | Refugees -- Pakistan | India -- Boundaries -- Pakistan | Pakistan -- Boundaries -- India | Delingen (politieke geografie) | Natievorming | Pakistan | India | Fl�uchtling | Staat | Teilung | Indien | Pakistan | HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia | Geschichte 1900-1950 | Geschichte 1947Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 954.04/2 Other classification: 15.75 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction : The place of partition -- pt. 1. The making of refugees, 1947. -- Muslim exodus from Delhi -- Hindu exodus from Karachi -- pt. 2. Moving people, immovable property. -- Refugees, boundaries, citizens -- Economics of displacement -- pt. 3. Imagined limits, unimaginable nations. -- Passports and boundaries -- The phantasm of passports -- pt. 4. In conclusion. -- Moving boundaries.
Summary: "Nation-states often shape the boundaries of historical enquiry, and thus silence the very histories that have sutured nations to territorial states. "India" and "Pakistan" were drawn onto maps in the midst of Partition's genocidal violence and one of the largest displacements of people in the twentieth century. Yet this historical specificity of decolonization on the very making of a nationalized cartography of modern South Asia has largely gone unexamined. In this remarkable study based on more than two years of ethnographic and archival research, Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar argues that the combined interventions of the two postcolonial states were enormously important in shaping these massive displacements. She examines the long, contentious, and ambivalent process of drawing political boundaries and making distinct nation-states in the midst of this historic chaos. Zamindar crosses political and conceptual boundaries to bring together oral histories with north Indian Muslim families divided between the two cities of Delhi and Karachi with extensive archival research in previously unexamined Urdu newspapers and government records of India and Pakistan. She juxtaposes the experiences of ordinary people against the bureaucratic interventions of both postcolonial states to manage and control refugees and administer refugee property." -- Book cover.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [271]-278) and index.

Introduction : The place of partition -- pt. 1. The making of refugees, 1947. -- Muslim exodus from Delhi -- Hindu exodus from Karachi -- pt. 2. Moving people, immovable property. -- Refugees, boundaries, citizens -- Economics of displacement -- pt. 3. Imagined limits, unimaginable nations. -- Passports and boundaries -- The phantasm of passports -- pt. 4. In conclusion. -- Moving boundaries.

"Nation-states often shape the boundaries of historical enquiry, and thus silence the very histories that have sutured nations to territorial states. "India" and "Pakistan" were drawn onto maps in the midst of Partition's genocidal violence and one of the largest displacements of people in the twentieth century. Yet this historical specificity of decolonization on the very making of a nationalized cartography of modern South Asia has largely gone unexamined. In this remarkable study based on more than two years of ethnographic and archival research, Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar argues that the combined interventions of the two postcolonial states were enormously important in shaping these massive displacements. She examines the long, contentious, and ambivalent process of drawing political boundaries and making distinct nation-states in the midst of this historic chaos. Zamindar crosses political and conceptual boundaries to bring together oral histories with north Indian Muslim families divided between the two cities of Delhi and Karachi with extensive archival research in previously unexamined Urdu newspapers and government records of India and Pakistan. She juxtaposes the experiences of ordinary people against the bureaucratic interventions of both postcolonial states to manage and control refugees and administer refugee property." -- Book cover.

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