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Internal Displacement and Conflict The Kashmiri Pandits in Comparative Perspective

By Sudha Rajput Copyright 2019
    ISBN 9781138354265
    176 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    Published February 18, 2019 by Routledge

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    Grounded in multidisciplinary research, this book presents a methodical understanding of those displaced within their national borders, the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

    The IDP phenomenon remains less understood than that of refugees due to the "internal" nature of the crisis, linked to a nation’s sovereignty, which assigns the responsibility for care to the national actors as opposed to an international body. However, the IDP phenomenon poses an international humanitarian challenge, with upwards of 40 million people currently in internal displacement across the globe. This book helps answer the most perplexing questions surrounding conflict-induced protracted displacements: namely, how do positions embraced by key actors inform/influence IDP policies, and why, despite the promise of robust return packages, do families remain reluctant to return to home communities and equally reluctant to embrace new host communities? Capitalizing on the diagnostic tool kit known as Dugan’s Nested Model, uniquely adapted to the Kashmiri Pandit displacement, this book also analyzes issues of the similarly displaced communities of Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Kosovo, and Darfur regions.

    This book will be of much interest to students of peace and conflict studies, humanitarianism, Asian politics, and International Law in general.

    Foreword Kevin Avruch

    Section I: Global Phenomenon of Internal Displacement, Kashmiri Pandits, Research Challenges, and Family Legacies

    1. Global Phenomenon of Internal Displacement and Kashmiri Pandit Community

    2. Context: Internal Displacement of Kashmiri Pandits

    3. Challenge of Researching Protracted Displacements

    4. Oral Account of One Kashmiri Pandit Family and The Legacies Left Behind

    Section II: Kashmiri Pandit Challenges and the Dilemma of Return

    5. Methodical Analysis of Kashmiri Pandit Challenges

    6. Moral and Political Dilemma of Return

    Section III: Policies, Assessment, Positions, and Complexity of Policymaking

    7. Kashmiri Pandit Families Evaluate "Migrant" Policies

    8. How Actor Positions Influence Policy Outcome

    9. Complexity of IDP Policymaking

    Section IV: Understanding Kashmiri Pandit Displacement Through a Comparative Lens: Journeying into Azerbaijan, Georgia, Serbia, and Sudan

    10. Azerbaijan: Displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh 

    11. Georgia: Displaced from Abkhazia and South Ossetia

    12. Serbia: Displaced from Kosovo (Ethnic Serbs)

    13. Sudan: Displaced from Darfur

    Section V: Findings, Best Practices, and Moving Forward

    14. Findings, Best Practices, and Moving Forward


    Sudha G. Rajput is Adjunct Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Virginia, USA.

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