‘Dispersal’ and the Failure of Rehabilitation: Refugee Camp-dwellers and Squatters in West Bengal

  title={‘Dispersal’ and the Failure of Rehabilitation: Refugee Camp-dwellers and Squatters in West Bengal},
  author={Joya Chatterji},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={995 - 1032}
In September 1950, the Government of West Bengal dispatched 500 Hindu refugee families to the village of Jirat in Hooghly district. It intended to build a camp there permanently to house these refugees, who had fled from East Bengal in the turbulent aftermath of the partition of India. Some forty miles from Calcutta, Jirat was situated on the west bank of the River Hooghly. It had once been a substantial and prosperous village, significant enough to earn a mention in Rennell's Atlas of 1786… 
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109 Studies which suggest that Azadgarh's success was matched by other squatting refugees include D. Sinha, 'Foundation of a Refugee Market: A Study in Self-Reliance Initiative
  • Already during the Second World War, immigrants to Calcutta had outnumbered the local residents. Census of India
  • 2000
Netaji Nagar', was gradually absorbed into the life of the city, see Manas Ray
  • Growing up Refugee: On Memory and Locality', in Bose
Spoils of Partition