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Since 1947Partition Narratives among Punjabi Migrants of Delhi$
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Ravinder Kaur

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195683776

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195683776.001.0001

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Governmental Policies and Practices of Resettlement

Governmental Policies and Practices of Resettlement

(p.84) 4. Governmental Policies and Practices of Resettlement
Since 1947

Ravinder Kaur

Oxford University Press

This chapter reports the active presence of the Indian state in the resettlement process. It is shown that state apparatus is not necessarily a congruent and coordinated unit but rather a conglomeration of various governmental agencies working autonomously towards common goals. The resettlement of the Partition refugees was the first challenge before the newly independent state. Class divisions continued from the last journeys into the transit refugee camps and the permanent housing projects. This chapter focuses on the spatial competition between the state and the migrants. The role of the state in the urban expansion of Delhi became more pronounced when it started its project of providing permanent resettlement to the refugees. The resettlement process separated the owners of capital (of any kind) from the non-owners.

Keywords:   resettlement, Indian state, refugee camps, Delhi, migrants

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