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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.

The Line of Control: Kashmir
The line of control: Kashmir

Perry Anderson once commented that in certain circumstances frontiers acquire a mythic significance. This is borne out by the emotions generated during India-Pakistan conflict over Kargil. It portrayed that the Line of Control (LOC) in Kashmir has become the mythomoteur of whole societies in the region. The divide resulted in at least three wars and numerous warlike situations. As recently as in the past decade there were two near-wars between India and Pakistan caused over the divide. The situation is particularly alarming because both countries now have nuclear capabilities. Etienne Balibar recently observed that ‘borders are no longer the shores of politics but have indeed become …. objects or, let us say more precisely, things within ...

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