ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Abhijit Dasgupta

Learning to Live in the Colonies and Camps

Involuntary migration of Tamil repatriates and refugees from Sri Lanka to Tamil Nadu began in the late 1960s and continued for several decades. The relief and rehabilitation offered to them by the Government of India was far from adequate, and life in the camps and colonies was hard and often unbearable. The unsuitable living conditions forced the migrants to learn how to deal with adversity and to assert agency in the midst of despair and hopelessness. Although life in the camps and colonies was difficult, migrants managed to carve out a space for themselves.

On the Margins: Muslims in West Bengal

The marginalisation of dalits and backward Muslims in West Bengal has brought into focus the issue of affirmative action for Muslims in the state. Despite indicators pointing towards backwardness, as many as 56 different castes, communities, and occupational groups are included in the Other Backward Classes list in the state, while deserving dalit and backward Muslims have been excluded. There has also been a change in the contours of local level politics in the state, resulting in more community-centric mobilisations of Muslims, which has prevented the continued mainstreaming of the community in West Bengal.