In: South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 13.09.2016, p. 1-21.

By Professor Sarah Ansari.




  • Abstract
    This article explores the carrying out of Pakistan’s first (1951) census from the perspective of contemporary developments in the southern province of Sindh. Conducted against the backdrop of Partition-related migration to and from the province, this attempt at population enumeration proved to be a mammoth bureaucratic undertaking on the part of the recently-created Pakistani state. The challenges that this exercise posed at the provincial level shed light on processes of attempted nation-building, as well as the centrality of population counting to the biopolitical management of citizenship, during a key period of transition in mid-twentieth century Sindh.
    Pages (from-to) 1-21
    Journal South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies
    Published – 13 Sep 2016