Crossers of the peripheries: Some aspects of cross-border livelihood practices along the West Bengal-Bangladesh border
Cartographic borders between states are often spaces of complex survival strategies, not just interms of security threats to lives but also in terms of devising unique livelihood practices by the people living along the border. The West Bengal-Bangladesh border is no different, except for the fact that similar ethnic population profile on both sides of the border makes the situation a shade more complex. This paper attempts to highlight, very briefly, on some of the livelihood practices seen along the West Bengal-Bangladesh border which ensure a daily bread for the people but challenge the purpose of the border, at the same time. They simulataneously portray the ‘border people’ as both victims of border-making as well as active users of the opportunities which the border creates. This paper is also an attempt to highlight the phenomenon of ‘crossing’ in the context of the livelihood practices discussed.