1st Edition

The Enclaves of the India-Bangladesh Border History, Statelessness and Bilateral Relations

By Rup Kumar Barman Copyright 2024
    172 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the nature of statelessness in the India-Bangladesh enclaves. It traces the historical background and the causative factors for the origin and evolution of these enclaves in a specific geographical region of pre-colonial North Bengal. The author studies the ways in which colonial intervention in this region created administrative complications in the enclaves and critically examines the postcolonial changes in Indo-Bangladesh bilateral relations, especially in resolving boundary disputes. The volume also looks at the lives of the people inhabiting the enclaves and their struggle for survival amidst conflict.

    Rich in archival sources, the book will be an essential read for scholars and researchers of history, border studies, Indian history, South Asian politics, South Asian history, Partition studies, international relations, political studies, and refugee studies, especially those interested in India-Bangladesh relations.

    Introduction 1. Enclaves, Statelessness, Statutes and Citizenship: A Conceptual Outline on India and Bangladesh 2. The Origin and Evolution of Enclaves in the Sub-Himalayan Bengal: A Historical Background 3. Geographical Location and Distribution of the Indo-Bangladeshi enclaves (1947-2015) 4. Statelessness and Proxy Citizenship in Bangladeshi Enclaves (1947-2015) 5. Indian Enclave-Dwellers: Experience of Statelessness and Struggle for Survival 6. Quest for Freedom from Statelessness 7. Border, Enclaves, Berubari and Adverse Possession: The Indo-Bangladesh Bilateral Relations 1949 to 2015 Conclusion


    Rup Kumar Barman is a Professor at the Department of History of Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.