Human Rights and Peace Audit on Partition in South Asia - Phase II

In South Asia, people's social, political and cultural aspirations often get articulated as movements for territorially defined political change. Very often, these movements find resolution in partition or in an ethnic group/nationality getting autonomous control over the region in which it resides. This study hypothesizes that while the ideological impulse toward partition may be democratic, its consequences are undemocratic. Partition-based peace settlements may stop immediate violence, but are likely to produce endemic violence, because the root cause of the grievance - democracy deficit, not ethnicity - remains unresolved.

Building on the results of the first phase of the project (103989), researchers will endeavor to bring the voices of the vulnerable into the partition discourse 60 years after the Great Partition of 1947 (India-Pakistan). They will examine the strengths and weaknesses of the integration efforts of the resulting states, the weaknesses inherent in the practice of peacemaking under partition-based peace accords, and ways in which the consequences of partition can be made more democratic, rights enabling, and conducive to peace and security. The field-based research will be carried out in several South Asian contexts.

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Project status


Start Date

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

End Date

Friday, June 1, 2012


30 months

IDRC Officer

Singh, Navsharan

Total funding

CA$ 402,800


Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Tapan Bose


South Asia Forum for Human Rights Limited

Institution Country

Hong Kong

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