The Railway Refugees: Sealdah, 1950s -1960s

Published By: Institute Of Development Studies Kolkata | Published Date: March, 01 , 2017

This paper provides a micro-history of Sealdah Station as a halt of the refugee population coming from East Pakistan in the 1950s and ‘60s. The station as a site of refugee concentration was very different from a camp or a colony, yet it has received no scholarly attention in partition studies. Sealdah was the terminal station of the rail route that connected East Pakistan with Calcutta. Moreover, being the gateway of Calcutta, it provided the refugees with an easy access to the city where they hoped to find some work and a shelter. These two reasons turned Sealdah into an important space for refugee concentration.

Author(s): Anwesha Sengupta | Posted on: May 19, 2017 | Views() | Download (38)


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