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By Paula Banerjee

Borders, Histories, Existences: Gender and past contends that borders are, via definition, strains of inclusion and exclusion tested by way of the country. It analyses how states build borders and take a look at to lead them to static and inflexible and the way bordered existences, equivalent to ladies, migrant staff and sufferers of human trafficking, destabilise the inflexible constructs. It explores the political stipulations that experience made borders difficult in post-colonial South Asia and the way those borders became areas of utmost keep an eye on or violence.

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A study by W. F. S. Miles and D. A. 27 Asiwaju, a famous African social scientist, focuses on the human factor in the formation of borders in Africa. It is this human factor which transforms the received colonial baggage to evolve a border where there was none. This is how many of the third world borders acquire a unique non-Western characteristic. 28 Borderlands of South Asia Frontiers are indeed the razor’s edge on which hang suspended the modern issues of war or peace, of life or death for nations… Curzon, Marquis of Kedleston The history books on South Asia suggest that South Asian borders had remained undemarcated for years evoking little interest from the British colonialists and almost none from the Indians themselves.

M. 43 That the South Asian borders have prompted a specific kind of state formation and a pattern of diplomacy is not apparent from these studies. Dorothy Woodman’s accounts of the Himalayan frontiers also fall within the same genre. Woodman argues that it is the overwhelming geographical presence of the Himalayas that have shaped relations between Britain, Russia, China and India. Although with a thrust towards the international rather than a single country, thus much acclaimed, the author tries to justify the British action in the Himalayas by stating that all the other powers had similar intentions on the region and they actively supported British imperial policy when it suited them.

Rustum served the Portuguese so well that the Viceroy Conde De Villa Verde gave him a letter of commendation. He joined the New English East India Company in 1700. One reason why Rustum decided to serve a new master was that English sea power had broken the Portuguese naval domination of Indian Ocean. For many years Rustum served the English Company well but his sons got embroiled in a conflict with the company when they Aliens in the Colonial World 9 lost their job as the broker. Rustum’s son Nowrosji had to go to London to get a favourable settlement.

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