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

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Experiencing Borders in Banni, Kutch

'Sindhiness beyond Sindh'

Memories and Movements: Borders and Communities in Banni, Kutch, Gujarat by Rita Kothari (New Delhi: Orient Blackswan), 2013; pp 200, Rs 745.

What effect did the Partition of India and Pakistan have on the people who lived in the areas where the modern boundaries were drawn? What do such borders and boundaries actually mean to those who reside near them? The rich studies that exist on Partition today tend to focus on the exchange of Hindu and Muslim populations between the two nations that took place at specific temporal moments in and just after 1947. These studies have also tended to focus primarily on parts of north India and Bengal, the regions that were most directly affected by the momentous subdivision.

But what of the people who had been moving across these modern nation states centuries before these hermetically sealed boundaries were created? What of those who shared cultural and linguistic commonalities with regions that are now separated by the formation of India and Pakistan? And, of those who cannot necessarily be categorised into the two dominant religions?

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