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Borders, Histories, Existences: Gender and Beyond contends that borders are, by definition, lines of inclusion and exclusion established by the state. It analyses how states construct borders and try to make them static and rigid and how bordered existences, such as women, migrant workers and victims of human trafficking, destabilise the rigid constructs. It explores the political conditions that have made borders problematic in post-colonial South Asia and how these borders have become regions of extreme control or violence.
Chapter 1: Aliens in the Colonial World
Aliens in the Colonial World
Any student of South Asian history knows that traditionally this history is divided into three periods: the ancient, the medieval and the modern. The ancient period began with the arrival of the Aryans, continued through the migration of the Scythians, Parthians, Bactrians and many others and moved into the medieval with the Arab invasion of Sind and the consequent arrival of the ‘slaves’ from Ghazni and Ghor. The modern period found its markers in the arrival of the Europeans. This in itself is a testimony to population flows that characterises the region. This is also a testimony to the disciplining of Indian history at a time when large-scale population movement was considered as a marker of ...