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Narrating Everyday Forms of Past

Ravinder Kaur

in Since 1947

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780195683776
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195683776.003.0001
Narrating Everyday Forms of Past

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This book is about everyday forms of past, used to contextualize and make sense of present situations through past experiences that have been lived or inherited. This chapter examines a conflict that took place between the residents of a south Delhi colony and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to give a synoptic view. Narratives of Partition migration and resettlement are the main sources where everyday forms of past among Punjabi migrants can be located. The narratives of events that forced people to move from one place to another form the basic construct of this book. Making sense of Partition history is the first step in understanding the processes of Partition migration and identification among the Punjabi refugees. Two stories are presented, which seek to convey the ‘ethnic essence’ that differentiates Punjabis from all ‘other’ Partition refugees and also from the local Delhi population.

Keywords: Municipal Corporation of Delhi; Partition; migration; Punjabis; population

Chapter.  19523 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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