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Stateless in South Asia: The Chakmas Between Bangladesh and India: Book by Deepak K. Singh

Stateless in South Asia: The Chakmas Between Bangladesh and India

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ISBN: 9788132102366    Publisher: SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd Year of publishing: 2009     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 320        
This comprehensive study explores issues pertaining to the 'stateless' status of the ethnic Buddhist Chakma refugees in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, who originally belonged to the Chittagong...Read more
This comprehensive study explores issues pertaining to the 'stateless' status of the ethnic Buddhist Chakma refugees in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, who originally belonged to the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs). What sets it apart is its holistic overview of the social history of the Chakmas from the colonial period onwards. While analyzing and emphasizing the current plight of the Chakmas in India as stateless refugees, it raises the concomitant question of what it takes to qualify as citizens of a modern postcolonial state. Setting a new dimension in refugee studies, the arguments in this book are developed on the framework of oral narratives, incorporating the self perceptions of the Chakmas as well as the people of the host nation. Stateless in South Asia: The Chakmas between Bangladesh and India examines national and international official documents and policy statements to critically analyze the absence of legal-institutional and legislative structures to address the concerns of refugees both at regional and national levels.
While its core issue revolves around the socio-political status of the Chakmas, it also highlights pertinent issues regarding 'statelessness' in South Asia in general. Some of these are: " The present academic and political conceptions of nationalism, citizenship and ethnicity. " Partition, boundary making and state formation. " The dominant development models examining the lived experiences of refugee communities. This book will be a rich resource for scholars and students of politics, international relations, sociology, anthropology and history. It will also be immensely useful for policy makers and advocates working on issues pertaining to refugee studies, partition, development-induced displacement, indigenous peoples and human rights.
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About the author: Deepak K. Singh
Deepak K Singh is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh. His research interests include migration and refugee... Read more
Deepak K Singh is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh. His research interests include migration and refugee studies, politics and ethnicity in Northeast India and postcolonial politics in South Asia. He has contributed several research papers in reputed journals and edited volumes.
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Review:
This reviewer firmly believes that the book definitely will help researchers of different subjects to explore an area which has remained isolated and unknown even in other parts of northeast...Read more
This reviewer firmly believes that the book definitely will help researchers of different subjects to explore an area which has remained isolated and unknown even in other parts of northeast India... offering hopes to both Chakmas and Arunachalees, especially by opening a strong debate, through questioning why there is no solution to these people's predicaments even after fifty years of refugeehood. -- South Asia Research Singh provides a detailed account of the conflict between the Chakmas and the Arunachalees. The authenticity of the book lies in methodology...Singh effectively opens up a strong debate by questioning why there is no solution to the refugee problem even after 50 years of refugeehood. -- The Book Review
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