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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.

Borders as Unsettled Markers: The Sino-Indian Border
Borders as unsettled markers: The Sino-Indian border

It was the age of the Great Game and Lord Curzon was at the helm of British affairs in India. In his now famous observation, he revealed the problem that confronted the British not just in India, but in the entire ‘modern’ world. Frontiers, he said were indeed the razor's edge on which hung modern issues of war and peace.1 How could the British then bring back their 10,000 troops, deployed in Chitral, Tochi Valley, Landi Kotal and the Khyber Pass? Following Curzon's principles, they could not afford to give up Quetta or any of the frontier posts. Ultimately the British constructed strategic railways up to Dargai, Jamrud and Thal, and frontiers ...

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