Subjects or Citizens? India, Pakistan and the 1948 British Nationality Act

  title={Subjects or Citizens? India, Pakistan and the 1948 British Nationality Act},
  author={Sarah F. D. Ansari},
  journal={The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History},
  pages={285 - 312}
  • S. Ansari
  • Published 24 May 2013
  • History
  • The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
Independence in the case of British India occurred at relatively short notice in August 1947, but tying up the loose ends of empire stretched over years. Under these circumstances, the realignment of subjecthood and citizenship necessitated by decolonisation was protracted, and raised complex questions about identity in both the new states of India and Pakistan and the former imperial power itself. This article thus takes as its focus the drawn-out process of disengagement that followed formal… 
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