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Refugees and The State

 
Ranabir Samaddar (Editor)
Synopsis This volume analyses India’s reasonably good record of providing protection and hospitality to refugees, while pointing out the contradictions in the relation between these positive aspects and the manner in which state power has been exercised in post-colonial India. In examining the varied encounters between the state and refugees, the contributors demonstrate that India’s story of providing care is simultaneously one of limiting care. It reveals the power of the state to decide whom to extend hospitality to and whom to deny is to. Thus, the issue of affording asylum becomes one of exercising power on the part of India’s political establishment. This volume is the first of its kind in that it binds in a single chronicle writings on refugees in India at different time periods and in different regions of the country. It is also unique in bringing together contributors from a variety of disciplines: law, administrative sciences, history, politics and feminist studies.
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About the author

Ranabir Samaddar

Ranabir Samaddar, Director of the Peace Studies Programme at the South Asian Forum for Human Rights, Kathmandu, was formerly Professor of South Asian Studies, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata. He is the author of a three volume study of post-colonial nationalism in South Asia, Whose Asia is it Anyway: Nation and the Region in South Asia (1996), The Marginal Nation: Transborder Migration from Bangladesh to West Bengal (1999) and A Biography of the Indian Nation, 1947-97 (2001), and of Memory, Identity, Power: Politics in the Jungle Mahals, 1890-1950 (1997), an account of the politics of community formation in the Jharkhand region.

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Bibliographic information

Title Refugees and The State
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0761997296
length 496p., Bibliography; INdex.