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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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(p.218) 8 Reflections
On Uncertain Ground

Ankur Datta

Oxford University Press

One of the challenges of studying the experience of internal displacement is that the internally displaced lack the avenues of recognition granted to refugees. The internally displaced are often at risk of being hidden amidst other migrant groups. The chapter suggests that experiences of the Kashmiri Pandits not only present a story of internal displacement, they also raised the importance of history, place, and conceptions of victimhood, nationalist politics, and quality of life that shape the experience of displacement. The larger question the Pandits raise is how do we locate communities to occupy complex and ambiguous historical and political contexts? It is through a deep ethnographic attention to larger questions and the minutiae of everyday life that internal displacement can be understood in a region and subcontinent where the discussion is largely dominated by economic migration of refugees. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of recent trends in Kashmir.

Keywords:   internal displacement, victimhood, quality of life, place, history, status, Jammu and Kashmir, South Asia, nation state

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