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Title: G.A. Naqvi: from Indian Police (UP), 1926 to Pakistani citizen (Sindh), 1947
Authors: Ankit, Rakesh
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Cambridge University Press © The Royal Asiatic Society
Citation: ANKIT, R., 2018. G.A. Naqvi: from Indian Police (UP), 1926 to Pakistani citizen (Sindh), 1947. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 28 (2), pp.295-314.
Abstract: This is the story of how G. A. Naqvi (Indian Police, 1926) of the United Province (UP) was affected by the events of 1947-1948 in British and independent India and Pakistan and had to become what he did not wish to be: a private citizen in Pakistan. It shows how he, like so many others, had to become reconciled to the idea of British India breaking-up into independent India and Pakistan. This process changed forever the relationship between institutions of the Indian State and individual lives of Indian Muslims; the 'long' Partition of British India prompted new questions of legitimacy, citizenship and sovereignty, while producing “displacement, disruption and disappointment”. This was especially so in the so-called 'Muslim-minority provinces', among which the UP held the pre-eminent position and to which Naqvi belonged. After 21 ½ years of service, Naqvi found himself unwanted in both India and Pakistan, in a time of deepening communal divide, suspicion and hostility. A much sought-after officer during the Second World War, how was he to know that over 1947-1948, not one of the four governments to which he was and/or could be affiliated with would want to have anything to do with him.
Description: This paper is closed access.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1017/S1356186317000700
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/34866
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1356186317000700
ISSN: 1356-1863
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Politics and International Studies)

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