The partition in the Indian sub-continent caused the largest transnational migration in the world. Whereas the Partition narratives focused largely on the Punjab region, the Bengal partition did not follow much lime light. Consequently the east Bengal immigrants had lived a beleaguered identity for whom the concept of home itself is a nonexistent phenomenon.A borrowed phrase from Amitav Ghosh “with no home but in memory” amply justifies their situation. Hence their reference of ‘self’ is ambiguous as they locate themselves in a dislocating culture that externalizes the festering symptom of homelessness which they can adapt but the culture won’t adopt them.
Rianka Sarkar is a poet, short story writer and an active blogger specialising in Indian literature and folk culture. She teaches English literature in St Joseph's college, Bangalore.
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immigrant, refugeeism, identity, Home, Memory
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Literacy