• Amit RanjanEmail author
Part of the South Asia Economic and Policy Studies book series (SAEP)


Boundary separates one sovereign territory from the other. It is being protected from trespassing by any individual or a group from the other side of the line. To do so almost all states of the world maintain armed guards, and use modern technologies. Moreover, to protect it from violation, many countries have fenced their borders with barbed wire. In some countries like India, a debate is ongoing to seal the border with Bangladesh. Not only in postcolonial countries even the advocate of a globalized ‘borderless world’ are arguing for such possibilities. For example, since Donald Trump has taken over as the President of the United States of America in January 2017, a debate started on the need to fence its border with Mexico from where, allegedly, a large number of immigrants get into the country. Besides, constructing such structures to maintain the sovereign character of the border, the guards do not even shy away or give a second thought to fire at anyone trying to trespass into the other side of the line.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of South Asian StudiesNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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