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The Rohingya in South Asia

People Without a State

Edited by Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, Ranabir Samaddar

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218 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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The Rohingya of Myanmar are one of the world’s most persecuted minority populations without citizenship. After the latest exodus from Myanmar in 2017, there are now more than half a million Rohingya in Bangladesh living in camps, often in conditions of abject poverty, malnutrition and without proper access to shelter or work permits. Some of them are now compelled to take to the seas in perilous journeys to the Southeast Asian countries in search of a better life. They are now asked to go back to Myanmar, but without any promise of citizenship or an end to discrimination.

This book looks at the Rohingya in the South Asian region, primarily India and Bangladesh. It explores the broader picture of the historical and political dimensions of the Rohingya crisis, and examines subjects of statelessness, human rights and humanitarian protection of these victims of forced migration. Further, it chronicles the actual process of emergence of a stateless community – the transformation of a national group into a stateless existence without basic rights.

This volume will be of great interest to students and researchers of human rights, migration and diaspora studies, race and ethnic studies, refugee studies, politics and international relations, discrimination studies, and peace and conflict studies, as well as to international organizations, those in law, media and journalism, civil society and policymakers.

Table of Contents

List of Figure and Tables. Contributors. Acknowledgements. Introduction Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury and Ranabir Samaddar 1. Stateless, Floating People: The Rohingyas at Sea Sucharita Sengupta 2. Where do #ibelong? The Stateless Rohingyas in India Sahana Basavapatna 3. The Stateless People: Rohingyas in Hyderabad Priyanca Mathur Velath and Kriti Chopra 4.The Jailed Rohingyas in West Bengal Suchismita Majumder 5. Rohingyas in Bangladesh and India and the Media Planet Madhura Chakraborty 6. Legal Brief on Statelessness: Law in the Indian Context Charlotte-Anne Malischewski 7. Reducing Stateless: A New Call for India Shuvro Prasun Sarker Epilogue Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury and Ranabir Samaddar. Afterword Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury and Ranabir Samaddar. Resource Directory. Index

About the Editors

Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury is a Professor in the Department of Political Science, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India. He is also Honorary Director, Centre for Nepal Studies, and is the founder Head, Department of Human Rights and Human Development at the same university. He has been the Vice Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University since 2012 and is a member of the Calcutta Research Group. His areas of interest include international relations, South Asian politics, refugee studies and human rights. He is among the few experts in India on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He is a regular contributor to academic journals, periodicals, dailies, news channels and portals. His publications include Indian Autonomies: Key Words and Key Texts (co-edited with Ranabir Samaddar and Samir Kumar Das, 2005); Internal Displacement in South Asia: The Relevance of UN’s Guiding Principles (co-edited with Paula Banerjee and Samir Kumar Das, 2005); and Rights after Globalisation (co-edited with Ishita Dey, 2011).

Ranabir Samaddar is currently Distinguished Chair in Migration and ForcedMigration Studies, Calcutta Research Group, Kolkata, India. He belongs to thecritical school of thinking and is considered one of the foremost theorists inthe field of migration and forced migration studies. His writings on the nationstate, migration, labour and urbanization have signalled a new turn in criticalpost-colonial thinking. Among his influential works are The Marginal Nation:Transborder Migration from Bangladesh to West Bengal (1999); Beyond Kolkata:Rajarhat and the Dystopia of Urban Imagination (co-authored, 2014); and KarlMarx and the Postcolonial Age (2017).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
LAW / Civil Rights
LAW / Emigration & Immigration
LAW / Discrimination
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations