www.ndtv.com/assembly-west-bengal/16-000-new-citizens-from-bangladeshi-enclaves-will-vote-in-west-bengal-1283958. 24The obvious reason for this transformation was the opening of the Tin Bigha Corridor for 24 hours a day on October 19, 2011. This opening has so far been the only tangible result of the new debates on the LBA. The opening marked an important moment in the history of the enclave. While the corridor remained under the administration and control of the BSF, the inhabitants of the enclave could come and go, day or night. In a sign of the national importance of both the corridor and the dahagram, the opening was presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the first visit by a head of state to Dahagram since the opening of the corridor in 1992. Hasina`s visit to the enclave was proudly recalled by almost everyone I spoke to. In the centre of the enclave, a new brick and concrete monument had been erected for them. During her visit, Hasina also gave a number of long-standing demands of the inhabitants of the enclave and noted according to My Informants that “these people have suffered enough. Give them what they ask for. The people of the enclave regularly expressed the feeling that they were really citizens of Bangladesh. As a small farmer, I talked about it: “The opening of the corridor for 24 hours put us in a better atmosphere. Here, it`s good now. At first glance, it appeared that geopolitical negotiations on border space had indeed led to positive changes in the lives of border crossers.

10 The first attempt to tackle these troublesome spaces through exchanges and thus normalize the territorial complexities of the Bengali border were the Nehru Noon agreements. They reflected a decidedly optimistic technocratic perspective on the territory – a perspective that imagined that border issues could be resolved with the stroke of a pen. On June 4, 1958, Jawaharlal Nehru said in a somewhat cavalier statement at his monthly press conference that the ongoing border disputes between India and Pakistan were relatively weak and that “the two sensible people could sit on behalf of both governments and decide them in one or two days.”9 This “responsible” presented himself to Feroz Khan Noon, who took over as Prime Minister of Pakistan in December 1957. In early September, the two heads of state met in Delhi to draw up the outlines of such an agreement. [1] “India, Bangladesh sign historic land border agreements.” The Hindu Business Line, June 6, 2015. www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/india-bangladesh-sign-historic-land-boundary-agreement/article7289332.ece. 5The enclaves embody an eloquent impasse that follows the post-colonial territory of South Asia – namely the inability to unravel the material needs and realities of people living on the bloody periphery of the state from the nationalist fantasies of blood and soil, often indexed to the unfinished processes of division (Zamindar 2007, Chatterji 1999).