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Refugees and the State

Refugees and the State
Practices of Asylum and Care in India, 1947-2000

First Edition

July 2003 | 376 pages | SAGE India
This volume analyses India’s reasonably good record of providing protection and hospitality to refugees, while pointing out the contradictions in the relation between these positive aspects and the manner in which state power has been exercised in post-colonial India. In examining the varied encounters between the state and refugees, the contributors demonstrate that India’s story of providing care is simultaneously one of limiting care. It reveals the power of the state to decide whom to extend hospitality to and whom to deny it to. Thus, the issue of affording asylum becomes one of exercising power on the part of India’s political establishment.

This volume is the first of its kind in that it binds in a single chronicle writings on refugees in India at different time periods and in different regions of the country. It is also unique in bringing together contributors from a variety of disciplines: law, administrative sciences, history, politics and feminist studies.
Foreword Augustine Mahiga
Ranabir Samaddar
Introduction - Power and Care
Building the New Indian State

Paula Banerjee
Aliens in a Colonial World
Samir Kumar Das
State Response to the Refugee Crisis
Relief and Rehabilitation in the East

Ritu Menon
Birth of Social Security Commitments
What Happened in the West

Subir Bhaummik
The Returnees and the Refugees
Migration from Burma

K C Saha
The Genocide of 1971 and the Refugee Influx in the East
Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury
Uprooted Twice
Refugees from the Chittagong Hill Tracts

Rajesh Kharat
Gainers of a Stalemate
The Tibetans in India

V Suryanarayan
Sheltering Civilians and Warriors
Entanglements in the South

Asha Hans
Refugee Women and Children
Need for Protection and Care

Sarbani Sen
Paradoxes of the International Regime of Care
The Role of the UNHCR in India

B S Chimni
Status of Refugees in India
Strategic Ambiguity


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ISBN: 9780761997290