This book examines the major armed conflicts in South Asia — in India (with special reference to the Northeast, Jammu & Kashmir and the Naxalites), Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Designed as an annual series, the articles cover a set of issues across volumes. Each article provides a brief historical sketch of the emergence of armed conflict and outlines its various phases. The roles, objectives and strategies of the major state, non-state and international actors are critically evaluated.
Table of Contents
1. Armed Conflicts in South Asia: An Overview P. R. Chari 2. Afghanistan: Continuing Violence Shanthie Mariet D’Souza 3. Pakistan: The Sectarian Conflict Kanchan Lakshman 4. Pakistan: The War of Tribes D. Suba Chandran 5. J&K: From Militancy to Jihad? Kavita Suri & D. Suba Chandran 6. The Naxal Conflict in India Mallika A. Joseph & Devyani Srivasatava 7. Northeast: Islands of Peace and Ocean of Conflict Bibhu Prasad Routray 8. Bangladesh: Islamic Militancy and the Rise of Religious Right Smruti S. Pattanaik 9. Nepal: State in Dilemma P. G. Rajamohan 10. Sri Lanka: Thumbs Up to Violence: Thumbs Down to Peace N. Manoharan
D. Suba Chandran is Assistant Director, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. His primary area of research includes Pakistan’s internal security, in particular Balochistan, FATA and Northern Areas. He also works on Kashmir, terrorism, particularly Suicide Terrorism.
P. R. Chari is currently Research Professor, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. He is a former member of the Indian Administrative Service (1960 batch/Madhya Pradesh cadre). He served in several senior positions in the Central and State Governments, and sought voluntary retirement in 1992 after 32 years in the government. He was Director of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi (1975–80), International Fellow, Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University (1983–84), Visiting Fellow, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1998), and currently is Research Professor at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS).