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Migrating Repertoires in the Middle of the Ocean – the Performance of Homeland and the Oral Traditions of Bengali Settlers in the Andaman Islands
April 18, 2017 - 12:30-14:00
IIAS Lunch Lecture by Carola Erika Lorea, affiliate research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University
After the Partition of India (1947), almost six millions of dispossessed refugees from East Bengal left their homes. Crossing the Indian border, the refugees entered an unprepared, inhospitable and already overpopulated West Bengal. The State found an improbable solution for the rehabilitation of law-caste agriculturist refugees and created a Colonization Scheme to relocate them on the far away Andaman Islands. Read more
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