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Citizenship, Reservations and the Regional Alternative in the All-India Services, ca. 1928–1950

Oliver Godsmark
South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Volume 38, 2015 - Issue 2, Taylor and Francis Online

This paper unearths an alternative paradigm through which to consider the discussions and debates between members of the Indian public, government bureaucrats and Congress Party politicians about the rights and interests of Indian citizens both before and immediately after India's Independence in 1947. It argues that much of the recent historical work on citizenship during this period has been preoccupied with issues of nationality and religious community as a result of the fallout from Partition.

Displacement, integration and identity in the postcolonial world

Victoria Redclift
Taylor and Francis Online

Defining the relationship between displaced populations and the nation state is a fraught historical process. The Partition of India in 1947 provides a compelling example, yet markedly little attention has been paid to the refugee communities produced. Using the case of the displaced ‘Urdu-speaking minority’ in Bangladesh, this article considers what contemporary discourses of identity and integration reveal about the nature and boundaries of the nation state.

Citizenship and Social Belonging Across the Thar: Gender, Family and Caste in the Context of the 1971 War

Farhana Ibrahim
Taylor and Francis Online

In this article, I examine the 1971 war (better known as the war for the liberation of Bangladesh) from a western Indian perspective. I argue that this war between India and Pakistan—while it focused overtly on the independence of East Pakistan—had some significant consequences for the western border between Kutch (in Gujarat state) and Sindh (in Pakistan).

Boundaries of Belonging: Localities, Citizenship and Rights in India and Pakistan

Sarah Ansari
William Gould
Cambridge University Press

Conceptions of Citizenship in India and the 'Muslim Question'

Ornit Shani
Modern Asian Studies, Cambridge University Press

This paper explores the development of multiple conceptions of citizenship in India in an attempt to understand how, despite profound social divisions, India's nationhood holds together. The paper advances the proposition that the Indian polity incorporated a deeply divided and conflict-ridden population by offering multiple notions of citizenship upon which a sense of membership in the nation, and a share in the enterprise of the state, could be sought.

Displacement and Citizenship : Histories and Memories of Exclusion

Vijaya Rao
Shambhavi Prakash
Papori Bora
Mallarika Sinha Roy
Tulika Books

Muslim Belonging in Secular India: Negotiating Citizenship in Postcolonial Hyderabad

Taylor C. Sherman
Cambridge University Press

Refugees and Borders in South Asia: The Great Exodus of 1971

Datta, Antara