South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

South Asia Seminar Series

The SAI seminar series features lectures by distinguished South Asian specialists from UT and abroad. Regular seminars occur on Thursdays at 3:30 pm, preceded by a reception at 3:00 pm, in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118).

Thu, April 16, 2009 | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118)

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Citizenship practices in the Indian state of Assam have a serious fault line. The government appears uninterested in policing borders and enforcing the citizen/alien distinction. This has drawn the ire of even the Indian Supreme Court. Certain ambiguities about citizenship in post-Partition India explain these practices. Pragmatic politicians have adapted to the reality of a post-Partition space that does not conform to the ideal-type of a bounded national territory with a clearly defined community of citizens. However, the tensions between the national order of things and the reality of a transnational space have consequences: they adversely affect governmental legitimacy. In such a context policies premised on the fiction of hard national borders that are fundamentally at odds with ground realities, cannot provide the foundation for a stable legitimate political order.

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