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Bureaucracy and Border Control

Studies on militarisation and borders in South Asia have often remained focused on zones of spectacular conflict such as Kashmir, or Punjab during the partition. This article tracks the production of a discourse on borders by those charged with border security such as the police and other senior bureaucracy in the decades following the partition. It suggests that the “border question” evolved gradually out of a series of everyday concerns over local criminality that finally coalesced into the more abstract category of “national security.” It examines bureaucratic debates on police reorganisation in Kutch between 1948 and 1952 to suggest that contemporary discourses on nation and borders were arrived at through intra-bureaucratic negotiations with the far less abstract categories of village, locality and region.

Gujarat : Earthquake and After

The recent earthquake in Gujarat claimed thousands of lives, very many still unaccounted for. It was the army and several NGO groups who took the initiative in launching rescue and relief efforts. But on the government now lies the more onerous responsibility of reconstruction and rebuilding. This task of rebuilding a sustainable, stable future has also to be accomplished keeping in mind people's sentiments and the need to maintain transparency in all its dealings.

Ideology before Reality

This has reference to AM's Calcutta Diary (February 24). It is surprising that AM's comments on the 'Gujarat Earthquake' dwell mainly on the disaster in Ahmedabad, paying less than lip-service to the devastation in Kutch, parts of north Gujarat and other areas.

Are Earthquake Deaths Overestimated?

There is some reason to believe that the number of earthquakerelated deaths in Kutch may be lower than the first estimates.

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