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Claims of Locality

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/9780195683776.003.0007
Claims of Locality

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This chapter demonstrates the intricacies and challenges involved in claiming a new place as one's own. The local–refugee dialectic and the process of refugees successfully claiming the locality forms the core of this chapter. The Muslim migrants from India with their labels as Muhajirs came to Pakistan feeling that they had sacrificed their homes and livelihood to help the making of a Muslim state. Sources of livelihood emerge as a form of association that ties people with places. The Delhi residents seem cosmopolitan in their approach since they are found lacking in the provincial feelings of unity. It is apparent that the refugees had produced a distinct urban space for themselves. It also shows that the Punjabi migrants have been able to resettle themselves in Delhi successfully.

Keywords: India; Muslim migrants; Delhi; Punjabi migrants; Muhajirs; Pakistan

Chapter.  18018 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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