Family Values and Cultural Continuity among the Displaced East Bengal Hindus in Kolkata

By Golam Sarwar Khan and Khorshed Chowdhury.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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In the process of resettlement in Kolkata, the East Bengal (EB) Hindu ‘refugee-migrants’ initiated some strategic plans for their unity. These plans were reflected in their attitudes of retaining family values, marriage practices and distinct cultural boundaries. EB Hindus known as “Bangal” tended to maintain such distinctive attitudes because they could not easily socialise and adjust themselves with the local people of West Bengal (WB) known as “Ghoti”. Initially, the EB Hindus felt threatened by maintaining distinct cultural values and supremacy primarily for their unsettled status. Even after a stay of over 30 years in Kolkata, most EB Hindus could not consider India as their permanent home. Neither the EB migrants took positive steps for their social adjustment with the WB society, nor did the WB locals extend their support for the migrants’ socialisation process.

Keywords: Refugee-Migrants, Family Values, Bangal-Ghoti, Cultural Boundary and Socialisation Process

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 946.448KB).

Dr. Golam Sarwar Khan

University of Sydney, Australia

Born in Bangladesh in 1952 and educated in Bangladesh, India and Australia. Taught Sociology in the Universities of Chittagong and Dhaka, Bangladesh; Massey University in New Zealand; Universities of Newcastle and Sydney, Australia. Has numerous international publications.

Dr Khorshed Chowdhury

Senior Lecturer, Economics Discipline, School of Economics & Information Systems, University of Wollongong, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Born in Bangladesh in 1954 and educated in Bangladesh, Australia and Canada. Worked in Universities in Bangladesh, Canada and Australia. Currently, teaching Economics in Wollongong University. Has published extensively.

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