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Embracing 'Refugee-istan': A Look at Delhi's Refugee History and Why It Must Continue

This article draws on the critical role of partition refugees in Delhi's cultural and economic history to assert that assimilating refugees contributes to state-building economically and culturally. It begins by reviewing the Relief and Rehabilitation Policy of 1948 in the capital, its push to make refugees "self-sufficient," and the enterprising refugees' economic contributions to the city. The commentary touches on the material and social "refugee resources" and "state-building" argument as postulated by Jacobsen and her contemporaries to conclude that if there is anything to be learnt from Delhi's history and scholarship, it is that investing in refugees flourishes the cities they reside in.

Resignation Syndrome

Unresolved amidst the Refugee Crisis Oscar-nominated documentary film Life Overtakes Me shines a light on the psychological and emotional distress suffered by refugee children.

Citizenship (Amendment) Act: Enforcement Is Fraught with Legal Hurdles

The union government expended considerable political capital to enact the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. But, the implementation process is likely to lay bare the inherent contradictions of the Act, and could throw up unforeseen challenges for the government.

Who is to Blame for the Refugee Crisis?

The refugee crisis that the world is currently facing is a long-term effect of colonialism.

No Country for Afghans

Afghanistan is clearly unprepared for a massive influx of refugees, and human rights groups have raised concerns about their future in a country ripped apart by war and terrorism with a worsening security situation. Many of the refugees are likely to join the ranks of close to a million internally displaced people in Afghanistan and live in inhuman conditions by all accounts.

Lost in Transition

The September 2015 Supreme Court judgment over the festering Chakma refugee issue turned the spotlight on one of the most intractable refugee issues in the history of post-independent India. Much like its first landmark verdict of 1996, this judgment also unequivocally upheld the refugees' right to Indian citizenship. Ironically, while the refugees have not benefited from the 1996 ruling over the last two decades, the verdict itself has come to attain the status of a "case law." This paper cogitates about the futility of a legal-centric approach to addressing an issue, which is deeply embedded in the complexity of state formation in modern South Asia. By unspooling the rather complex narrative of Chakmas' refugeehood and statelessness, it proposes a "solution of solidarity" approach that might help resolve what has until now proved irresolvable.

Repatriation of Sri Lankan Refugees

The success of the planned repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees from India depends on resolving several issues left over from the two earlier rounds of repatriation. The issue also brings to the fore the importance of having formal guidelines in India to deal with the problems of rehabilitation, repatriation and resettlement of refugees.

Lifeworld of Refugees

International Refugee Law: A Reader edited by B S Chimni; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2000; pp 613, Rs.695.

A History of Care and Power

Refugees and Human Rights edited by Sanjay K Roy; Rawat Publications, 2001; pp 413, Rs 750.

Domestic Violence in New Zealand

This article explores the impact of domestic violence on Asian immigrant and refugee women in New Zealand. Domestic violence needs to be recognised as abusive and as a crime. Asian men use violence as a way of securing and maintaining the relations of male dominance and female subordination, which is central to the patriarchal social order. It is essential that various theoretical works on domestic violence in New Zealand recognise and understand the variation in cultural and familial constraints experienced by different groups of ethnic-minority Asian immigrant and refugee women. Despite the fact that a wide range of interventionist services exist and there is a very progressive legislation against domestic violence in New Zealand due to various cultural and structural constraints, Asian women find it difficult to access them. This article examines these issues and in conclusion suggests that the Asian community take responsibility to address this issue as well as the perpetrators.

Duty to Asylum Seekers

Duty to Asylum Seekers A G Noorani A recent court ruling in UK highlights the fact that despite seemingly strict international laws protecting the rights of refugees, they have in fact to circumvent the law in order to obtain these rights.

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