Refugees and the State - Practices of Asylum and Care in India, 1947-2000

Refugees and the State - Practices of Asylum and Care in India, 1947-2000

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Author: Ranabir Samaddar
Editor(s): Ranabir Samaddar
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 496
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0761997296


This volume analyses India’s reasonably good record of providing protection and hospitality to refugees, while pointing out the contradictions in the relation between these positive aspects and the manner in which state power has been exercised in post-colonial India. In examining the varied encounters between the state and refugees, the contributors demonstrate that India’s story of providing care is simultaneously one of limiting care.

It reveals the power of the state to decide whom to extend hospitality to and whom to deny it to. Thus, the issue of affording asylum becomes one of exercising power on the part of India’s political establishment.

This volume is the first of its kind in that it binds in a single chronicle writings on refugees in India at different time periods and in different regions of the country. It is also unique in bringing together contributors from a variety of disciplines: law, administrative sciences, history, politics and feminist studies.


Refugee asylum has been touted as an integral part of Indian culture and civilization, This new volume reveals India’s mixed record through an exposition of various refugee caseloads by prominent intellectuals, This book is compulsory reading for humanitarian, human rights and development scholars and practitioners.
-Asia times online

The book, with essays by Paula Banerjee, Samir Kumar Das, Ritu Menon, Subir Bhaumik, K C Saha and others, covers the major refugee influxes to India since Independence with case studies illustrating Government responses and policies.
-The Hindu




Aliens in a Colonial World PAULA BANERJEE
State Response to the Refugee Crisis: Relief and Rehabilitation in the East SAMIR KUMAR DAS
Birth of Social Security Commitments: What Happened in the West RITU MENON
The Returnees and the Refugees: Migration from Burma SUBIR BHAUMIK
The Genocide of 1971 and the Refugee Influx in the East K C SAHA
Uprooted Twice: Refugees from the Chittagong Hill Tracts SABYASACHI BASU RAY CHAUDHURY
Gainers of a Stalemate: The Tibetans in India RAJESH KHARAT
Sheltering Civilians and Warriors: Entanglements in the South V SURYANARAYAN
Refugee Women and Children: Need for Protection and Care ASHA HANS
Paradoxes of the International Regime of Care: The Role of the UNHCR in India SARBANI SEN
Status of Refugees in India: Strategic Ambiguity B S CHIMNI