Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan

in Growing Up and Away

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071266
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080779 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to trace the evolution of the child rights discourse in India, arguing from the premise that the discourse is filtered through the memory of Partition, and suggesting that there are different and political ways of thinking about childhoods. It discusses the failure to recognize the experiences of some forgotten children — Their life world becoming part of another history, on the other side of the border, blocked by the political decision to partition India. It also analyzes how Partition and the early years of Independence framed the child-State relationship.

Keywords: India; Partition; Children's rights; childhood; state

Chapter.  6301 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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