Waiting for the Esquimo: an historical and documentary study of the Cooch Behar enclaves of India and Bangladesh
AuthorWhyte, Brendan R.
University of Melbourne Author/sWHYTE, BRENDAN
School of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies
Document TypeWorking Paper
CitationsWhyte, B. R. (2002). Waiting for the Esquimo: an historical and documentary study of the Cooch Behar enclaves of India and Bangladesh. Melbourne, Australia : School of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Melbourne.
Access StatusOpen Access
Deposited with permission of the author. © 2002 Dr. Brendan R. Whyte
Enclaves are defined as a fragment of one country totally surrounded by one other. A list of the world’s current enclaves and a review of the literature about them reveals a geographical bias that has left enclaves outside western Europe almost untouched. This bias is particularly noticeable in the almost complete absence of information on the Cooch Behar enclaves, along Bangladesh’s northern border with India. The Cooch Behar enclaves number almost 200. This total includes about two dozen counter-enclaves (enclaves within enclaves), and the world’s only counter-counter-enclave. Together, these enclaves represent 80% of the total number of enclaves existing in the world since the 1950s, and have been at the centre of Indo-East Pakistani and then Indo-Bangladeshi boundary disputes since Cooch Behar acceded to India in 1949. (For complete abstract open document)
Keywordspolitical geography; India; boundaries; Bangladesh
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