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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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Rights, Claims, and Community

Rights, Claims, and Community

Kashmiri Pandits and the Relief and Rehabilitation Programme

(p.189) 7 Rights, Claims, and Community
On Uncertain Ground

Ankur Datta

Oxford University Press

In recent years there has been an interest among sociologists and anthropologists on humanitarianism. What sets the South Asian context apart is the prevalence of the state, especially in the case of internal displacement in providing humanitarian aid. The chapter looks at the relationship between Pandits and the Indian state through a discussion of the relief and rehabilitation regime. It first analyses relief and rehabilitation from a migrant’s point of view. As prior studies have shown, humanitarian assistance imposes a gift-relationship between aid providers and recipients. However, the Pandits regard the relief programme as merely efforts of a state observing its duties towards loyal citizens. The second track of inquiry examines how relief generates community. The promise of relief not only forces the Pandits to retain their official status as migrants, it causes them to emerge as a community seen by others in Jammu as being privileged by the state.

Keywords:   relief, humanitarianism, state, aid, internal displacement, power, community, categories

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