On Uncertain Ground: Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir by Ankur DattaOn Uncertain Ground: Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir by Ankur Datta

On Uncertain Ground: Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir

byAnkur Datta

Hardcover | December 10, 2016

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How do societies come to terms with dispossession, loss, nomadic existence, and protracted displacement? What does it mean to be a refugee in one's own state? Centring on these questions, the current volume seeks to explore the lives of the Kashmiri Pandits - the Hindu Pandit minority ofKashmir Valley - and their experience of forced migration and the conflict over Jammu and Kashmir. Since 1989, Jammu and Kashmir has been affected by conflict between the Indian state and a movement demanding independence. As a result of this conflict, thousands of Kashmiri Pandits have left the valley and sought refuge in different parts of India, especially Jammu and New Delhi. Addressing thethemes of violence, suffering, and victimhood in the context of forced migration, On Uncertain Ground explores the experiences of Kashmiri Pandits as they rebuild their lives after displacement, and their relationship to the Indian state and Indian and Kashmiri nationalisms. Focusing on "campcolonies" and the lives of Kashmiri Pandits across Jammu and New Delhi, this book reveals the tension between the recovery of everyday life and the inability to feel at home and find one's place in the world.
Ankur Datta teaches in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, South Asian University, New Delhi.
Title:On Uncertain Ground: Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and KashmirFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:December 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199466777

ISBN - 13:9780199466771

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Table of Contents

List of MapsList of Figures and TablesAcknowledgements1. In Place, Out of Place: An Introduction to the Kashmiri Pandits2. Accounting for Displacement: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits3. Living in a Place of Exception: The Politics of Place and Everyday Life in a Displaced Persons Camp in Jammu and Kashmir4. Dealing with Dislocation: Making Home and Place in Jammu5. Being a Kashmiri Pandit Migrant: Class and Religious Identity6. Making a Claim on the Nation: The Politics of Victimhood and Marginality among Kashmiri Pandits7. Rights, Claims and Community: The Kashmiri Pandits and the Relief and Rehabilitation Programme8. Conclusion: ReflectionsBibliographyIndexAbout the Author