BiographyDr. Sudha G. Rajput
Author: Internal Displacement and Conflict: The Kashmiri Pandits in Comparative Perspective (2019).
Grounded in multi-pronged research, the book unfolds a systematic and a holistic understanding of conflict-induced internal displacement. The book helps answer two of the most perplexing questions surrounding such displacements: how do positions embraced by key actors inform and influence IDP policies, and why, despite the promise of robust return packages, families remain reluctant to return to home communities and equally reluctant to embrace host communities?
Focused primarily on the displaced Kashmiri Pandits, the analysis includes cases of IDPs in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Serbia, and Sudan (Darfur). The book moves across cases and societal levels: comparing national elite policy and institutional actors with the displacement-based lived experiences. The book ranges from ethnographic participant-observation and oral history to policy analysis and best practices. The comparative aspect of the book attempts to zero-in on the core IDP experience.
Other Publications: Co-authored book chapters – 1) Scientific Explorations of Cause and Consequence across Social Contexts (Praeger) 2) State, Society, and Minorities in South and Southeast Asia (Lexington Books). Her article appears in Forced Migration Review.
Dr. Rajput is a Consultant/Trainer, for USAID, designing and conducting capacity building workshops in Khartoum, Sudan, promoting cross-border co-existence. As Lecturer, at George Washington University, she teaches courses on Refugee and Migrant Crisis. As an Adjunct Faculty at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, she has designed a graduate level course on Refugee issues. As a trainer for the Forage Center for Peacebuilding Education, Dr. Rajput coaches students, during a 4-day humanitarian assistance simulation. She teaches at the University of Maryland, University College, delivering online MBA program for military students. Her interests on post-conflict issues include her travels to: Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Sudan, and Ukraine. Her 31-years career at the World Bank touched on multiple aspects of international development, working on thirteen countries of the former Soviet Union. Sudha’s blog on internal displacement can be found at www.internaldisplacement.info. Dr. Rajput lives in Washington, D.C. and can be reached at [email protected]
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Conflict Resolution, Internal Displacement, Human Development, Policymaking, International Development, Humanitarian Assistance
Instructional Design and Delivery
Designing and Leading Workshops on Peace in Divided Societies
Published: May 01, 2016 by Forced Migration Review
Authors: Sudha G. Rajput
The article explores durable solutions for conflict-induced protracted displacements, primarily for those who remain displaced for over two decades, displaced from the Kashmir Valley in 1989.