Limits of the Nation

Haimanti Roy

in Partitioned Lives

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780198081777
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199081875 | DOI:
Limits of the Nation

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This chapter examines the impact of the Boundary Award on the lives of people who lived in the borderland and those who attempted to cross it. It shows how the new border becomes an economic and national frontier, criminalizing the traditional passage of goods and people. Border disputes along the Bengal border became national talking points between India and East Pakistan, even as border policy was implemented at the discretion and contextual interpretations of officials on the ground. It traces the establishment of a documentary regime at the border which now categorized border crossers differentially as legal migrants, refugees, aliens and foreigners. However, such limits were continuously tested by the movement of smuggled goods and by people who circumvented the government channels of border outposts and documentary control.

Keywords: passports; visas; border disputes; Boundary Award; smuggling; border outposts; Jawaharlal Nehru; Liaquat Ali

Chapter.  11629 words.  Illustrated.

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