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Nationalisms, ethnicities, partition, and partition-refugees
Discuss (with examples taken from the readings) how nationalism and the formation of nation states in South Asia have resulted in massive displacements of people.
On what grounds will you say that partition refugees should be considered as a distinct category of refugees?
What political and other policy lessons can be learned from the history of the South Asian states in protecting and rehabilitating the refugees? Do you think from your study of the reading material that the records of the South Asian states are uniform in this respect?
Write a review note on any two
articles on the partition refugees (selecting the articles from the
Comment on the land settlement scheme in Bhutan and show (if possible with examples taken from other South Asian countries) how annexation of land is a primary factor in forcibly displacing people.
Gendered nature of forced migration, victim-hood, and gender-justice
Forced displacement of
populations is in the first instance displacement of women – Discuss.
Discuss the common and the
specific features of the situations of two groups of displaced women –
those displaced due to violent conflicts and those displaced due to
development policies and projects.
On the basis of the reading
material discuss, why listening to women’s experiences and chronicling
them is particularly important in understanding the “refugee-situation”
and forging appropriate responses.
Write a note on rehabilitation
policies of the Indian State on the basis of a review of the relevant
reading material given to you.
Analyse, how the reading material suggests that single women (unaccompanied girl child or widow, or unmarried single woman) form a distinct category of the victims.
International regime of protection, sovereignty and the principle of responsibility, and political issues relating to regional trends in migration in South Asia
How have recent global
economic and political trends and changes impacted on international
Does a review of the reading material suggest to you the simultaneous requirement of three sets of protection laws and arrangements – global, regional, and national? Comment on the aspects of harmonisation and their specific needs.
What are the legal
instruments that women refugees in South Asia can take recourse to, and
comment on the limitations of these instruments?
Analyse the way
international refugee law defines “fear” and “vulnerability”.
Write a brief commentary (on
the basis of reviewing the material sent to you) on the paradoxical
coexistence of the nation-state system and the essentially international
nature of the task of refugee protection.
Review the relevant reading
material on the role of the UNHCR in South Asia and point out its
achievements and limits.
Resource politics, environmental degradation, and forced migration
How have conflicts over
resources led to forcible displacement of groups of population in South
The resettlement question is
in the last instance an issue of access and management of resources –
The issues of land and water
lie at the heart of the Palestinian refugee crisis – discuss.
On the basis of your readings
write a note on the concept of “environmental refugees”.
Show how refusing women or
divesting them of control over and access to resources have led to
large-scale expulsion of women.
Internal displacement - causes, linkages, and responses
Review the material on
internal displacement in the Northeast.
Write a comparative review
note on the IDPs of Burma (Myanmar) and Afghanistan.
Ethics and Practices of Care and Protection in South Asia
Trace the various dimensions
that Catherine de Wenden brings to notice in her answer to the poser, “How
Can One be Muslim in France?”
Show how ethical
considerations of care are predicated by considerations of security and
Do you think that
distinctions can be made between groups of vulnerable people? Comment in
this connection on the validity of categorising victims on the basis of
“Granting the refugee the
right and the means to communicate is essential for the ethics of a regime
of refugee care and protection” – write a note on this on the basis of the
different readings (given to you in all the modules) on the lived
experiences of the refugees.
Write a commentary on a
situation of massive displacement and mass expulsions that evoke defiance in
form of creative responses.
Select any four articles from the journal REFUGEE WATCH (sent to you in various modules) to make a compendium and compose an editorial stating reasons for your selection and the commonality of the theme that marks them.