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A Community of Narrative

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/9780195683776.003.0009
A Community of Narrative

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The basis of a Punjabi migrant community, noticeable during the Lajpat Nagar demolitions, lies in the master narrative of Partition uprooting, migration, and resettlement, which dissolves the socially divisive categories of caste, class, and gender. What emerges is a community of narratives that comes into existence only when the master narrative is invoked. The popular refrain of ‘we did everything on our own’ is what defines the personal narratives told by Punjabi migrants in Delhi. It has been shown that the process of migration and resettlement was experienced by different sections of society, and that no single narrative can claim to represent the Partition reality. It is the adverse and critical moments that catalyse past experiences to develop a powerful, tangible community.

Keywords: personal narratives; Punjabi migrants; Delhi; Punjabi migrant community; Partition; resettlement; migration; Indian state

Chapter.  5458 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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