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On Uncertain GroundDisplaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir$
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Ankur Datta

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199466771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466771.001.0001

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Accounting for Displacement

Accounting for Displacement

The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits

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On Uncertain Ground

Ankur Datta

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides the historical background to Jammu and Kashmir from the establishment of the kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir in the mid-nineteenth century to the inception of the ‘Kashmir question’ in 1947 and finally to the conflict which began in 1989–90. The chapter then discusses the Kashmiri Pandits who have their own history of the region. There is controversy with regards to the causes of the Pandit exodus, with blame laid at both Kashmiri nationalists and the Indian state. The account of the Pandit exodus is thus subject to confusion and denial. This chapter attempts to reconstruct a narrative of the exodus through newspaper archives and interviews and conversations with the Pandits themselves. The emergent narrative, while partial reveals the fissures with regards to location of the Pandits in Kashmiri and Indian politics and also raises questions regarding accounts of violence in South Asia at large.

Keywords:   history, memory, narrative, flight, violence, displacement, South Asia, Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmiri Pandits

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