Minorities and the State discusses the plight of two numerically significant religious minority groups: Hindus in Bangladesh and Muslims in West Bengal, India.
The political vicissitudes in India and Bangladesh have stirred up questions relating to citizenship, nationality, and identity. In this volume, academics from India, Bangladesh, and Japan examine the formation of minority identity at the time of partition of India in 1947 and in subsequent decades. The articles emphasize the crises and coping strategies, migration, and state- and local-level politics affecting minorities.
By utilizing data from varied sources like field work, archival research, and secondary sources, this volume explores deprivation and different dimensions of minority life from political, economic, civil society, gender, and literary perspectives.
Chapter 4: Partition Refugees on Borders: Assimilation in West Bengal
Partition Refugees on Borders: Assimilation in West Bengal
The settlements of partition refugees, who are Hindu minority from East Bengal, are spread in West Bengal border areas between Bangladesh and India, and their integration into local societies has not been completed yet. Though East Bengali refugees were religious minority in the east, they have not been a minority after migration to West Bengal. They migrated into culturally homogeneous region.1 As Professor Prafulla Chakrabarti points out in his book Marginal Men (Chakrabarti 1990), they have played an important role in the political process of the left front in West Bengal. However, it does not mean that they are completely assimilated with local society in all respects. A case study ...