Battlefields to borderlands: Rohingyas between global war and decolonisation

Sarkar, J. (2023) Battlefields to borderlands: Rohingyas between global war and decolonisation. In: Guyot-Réchard, B. and Leake, E. (eds.) South Asia Unbound: New International Histories of the Subcontinent. Series: Global Connections: Routes and Roots (5). Leiden University Press/University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9789087284091

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This chapter studies the transformation of borderlands to bordered lands in Arakan, mediated by the spectacular violence of the Second World War and partitions. The Arakanese Muslims, or Rohingyas, as they are known today, thus were made minorities in their own lands. First courted by the Japanese with promises of a “Pakistan,” and later trained and armed by the British Military Administration of Arakan, they emerged out of the war with new dreams of political futures that had no place in the formal decolonisation and partitions of South Asia. Their circular migration obstructed by carceral regimes of borders and checkpoints, they became smugglers, foreigners, and insurgents in their homelands.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sarkar, Dr Jay
Authors: Sarkar, J.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Publisher:Leiden University Press/University of Chicago Press
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 Leiden University Press
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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