Governmental Policies and Practices of Resettlement

Ravinder Kaur

in Since 1947

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780195683776
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081844 | DOI:
Governmental Policies and Practices of Resettlement

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This chapter reports the active presence of the Indian state in the resettlement process. It is shown that state apparatus is not necessarily a congruent and coordinated unit but rather a conglomeration of various governmental agencies working autonomously towards common goals. The resettlement of the Partition refugees was the first challenge before the newly independent state. Class divisions continued from the last journeys into the transit refugee camps and the permanent housing projects. This chapter focuses on the spatial competition between the state and the migrants. The role of the state in the urban expansion of Delhi became more pronounced when it started its project of providing permanent resettlement to the refugees. The resettlement process separated the owners of capital (of any kind) from the non-owners.

Keywords: resettlement; Indian state; refugee camps; Delhi; migrants

Chapter.  17851 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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