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Growing Up and AwayNarratives of Indian Childhoods Memory, History, Identity$
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Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198071266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071266.001.0001

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Standpoint of the Unwanted Child

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Growing Up and Away

Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to trace the evolution of the child rights discourse in India, arguing from the premise that the discourse is filtered through the memory of Partition, and suggesting that there are different and political ways of thinking about childhoods. It discusses the failure to recognize the experiences of some forgotten children — Their life world becoming part of another history, on the other side of the border, blocked by the political decision to partition India. It also analyzes how Partition and the early years of Independence framed the child-State relationship.

Keywords:   India, Partition, Children's rights, childhood, state

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