Refugees or infiltrators? The Bharatiya Janata Party and “illegal” migration from Bangladesh

  title={Refugees or infiltrators? The Bharatiya Janata Party and “illegal” migration from Bangladesh},
  author={Michael Gillan},
  journal={Asian Studies Review},
  pages={73 - 95}
  • M. Gillan
  • Published 1 March 2002
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Asian Studies Review
For South Asia, it is axiomatic that the experience of nation state formation and notions of national identity for three nations within the region (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) have been accompanied and conditioned by the mass movement of displaced peoples. In the case of Bangladesh, a violent campaign by the Pakistani state to suppress Bengali demands for regional autonomy resulted in the movement of approximately 9 million refugees into India and provided the justification for the… 

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