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Elapsed Laws

Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan

in Growing Up and Away

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071266
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080779 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071266.003.0002
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This chapter analyzes the events that occurred in India during the pre- and post-Partition period. Between the two new states, India and Pakistan, 16.7 million people left their homes to cross the border, 14.49 million people arrived. The chapter examines the efforts to address the situation of refugees. It discusses legislation such as the Abducted Persons (Recovery and Restoration) Act and the Undesirable Immigrants (Expulsion from Assam) Bill. It is also argued that in coming to terms with Partition, the Indian State did not accept the singular view of the child as a subject. Instead, it chose to define the relationship of the child with the State through carefully developed rules of inclusion and exclusion.

Keywords: India; Pakistan; Partition; refugees; state; children Abducted Persons Act; Undesirable Immigrants Bill

Chapter.  12276 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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