Document Type : Research Article
This paper tried to address the issues of borderland and aspects of occupational mobility in the Khem Karan town of Punjab from 1961 to 2011. It explores the history of Khem Karan with core discussion of occupational mobility. It explores the process of occupational mobility and stigmatization of masses in the town due to India-Pakistan war’s and terrorism. It takes alternative sources like oral tradition and ‘collective memory’ of the Khem Karan peoples to explain their issues and challenges for livelihood as well as occupational mobility at the time of war and conflict. This paper also elaborates on policy and state initiatives for the inclusion of people at the border region. The literature discussed on occupational mobility examines the research themes and objectives. Finally, this paper reflects the basic theoretical approach and concludes with the field interviews of the peoples of Khem Karan.