A River Called Titas: Environment-induced Forced Migration in the Margins of Colonial Bengal
Rup Kumar Barman
Migration of people from the place of origin to alien land, from village to town, from one region to other region, and from one country to another country on socioeconomic, political and cultural grounds is a common trend in human society throughout the ages across the world. There are two broad classifications among the migrants. While the people of first group migrate voluntarily from the place of their origin without being motivated by any external or internal force, the people of the second group are forced to migrate from the land of their habitual residence because of ‘force (es)’ generated by multiple sources. The people falling into the second group are ‘forced migrants’. This article analyzes the novel, A River Called Titas (written in the 1940s), in the context of environmental history and ‘crisis-induced forced migration’ from an international as well as local perspective.