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Divided and uncertain loyalties:partition, Indian sovereignty and contested citizenship in East Africa, 1948-1955

Sutton, D. R. (2007) Divided and uncertain loyalties:partition, Indian sovereignty and contested citizenship in East Africa, 1948-1955. Interventions: International Journal of Post-Colonial Studies, 9 (2). pp. 276-288. ISSN 1369-801X

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Abstract

This article is concerned with attempts made by India's political bureaucrats in the period immediately after independence to establish principles of jurisdiction over Indians in East Africa. A fictional certainty of a finalized partition within South Asia allowed the Indian bureaucracy, without any recourse to territory, to develop alternative terms of inclusion to apply to the Indians living overseas. These terms vacillated awkwardly between a continuation of the relationships which had existed before Indian independence and the acknowledgement that any such practicable or juridical authority transgressed the principles of bounded territorial sovereignty. By the mid-1950s, the transformation of the 'Indian' in East Africa into an obstacle to African nationalism within the racialized permutations of late-colonial politics ultimately, and ironically, proved redemptive of the dilemma faced by the Indian state in delineating its relationship with those of Indian origin in East Africa.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Interventions: International Journal of Post-Colonial Studies
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : History
Uncontrolled Keywords: citizenship ; communalism ; East Africa ; identity ; Indian diaspora ; Kenya ; secularism
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 4175
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 29 Feb 2008 16:46
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2014 15:49
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4175

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