Denial and resistance: Sylheti Partition 'refugees' in Assam

  title={Denial and resistance: Sylheti Partition 'refugees' in Assam},
  author={Anindita Dasgupta},
  journal={Contemporary South Asia},
  pages={343 - 360}
  • A. Dasgupta
  • Published 1 November 2001
  • Law
  • Contemporary South Asia
This paper uses the Partition narratives of Sylheti bhodrolok refugees from East Bengal to show that these people were displaced without experiencing direct violence or violent expulsions. Based primarily on personal accounts, using memories as well as local postcolonial texts, it tries to shed some light on a category of migrants so far marginalized in Partition historiography. The attempt here is not to point out the great inconsistencies between Partition theory and reality, but to try and… 

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