Dr. Sudha G. Rajput lives in Washington, D.C. Her forthcoming book (February 2019) is titled 'Internal Displacement and Conflict: The Kashmiri Pandits in Comparative Perspective'. The book presents a comparative analysis of conflict-induced displaced communities of Kashmir, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Serbia and Sudan. A retired World Bank staffer, she received her doctoral degree from the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, for dissertation ‘Displacement of the Kashmiri Pandits: Dynamics of Policies and Perspectives of Policymakers, Host Communities and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)'. As the study of IDPs remains a less examined phenomenon, than the study of refugees , Dr. Rajput dedicated her research to the crucial task of investigating this phenomenon holistically, examining it from the perspectives of policymakers, host communities as well as those displaced. This blog is her platform to introduce her students and readers to the challenges of IDP policy making as well as the issues of IDPs displaced around the world. Here you will find emerging stories of conflict-induced displacement, relevant policy framework, issues and new thinking on the topic. Her course 'Refugee and IDP Issue Analysis' at George Mason University exposes her students to myriad issues of displaced persons.

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Book Forthcoming (February 2019)

The research-based book titled ‘Internal Displacement and Conflict: The Kashmiri Pandits in Comparative Perspective’ is scheduled for publication next month, by Routledge, U.K. The book issues a call for action for the international community, national policymakers, as well as members of civil society of relevant communities. The book opens a platform for public debate, where …

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Sudha Rajput – Forced Migration Review May 2016

My article ‘Transitional Policies and Durable Solutions for Displaced Kashmiri Pandits’ appears in FORCED MIGRATION REVIEW, OXFORD University Press, U.K. http://www.fmreview.org/solutions/rajput.html?utm_source=FMR+52+Thinking+ahead%3A+displacement%2C+transition%2C+solutions+-+online&utm_campaign=FMR+Alert+Eng+52+online&utm_medium=email

Non-displaced KPs too talk of unmet demands!

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/valley-pandits-trying-to-keep-tradition-alive/205463.html Valley Pandits trying to keep tradition alive Published on: Mar 7, 2016, 12:30 AM M Aamir Khan Tribune News Service Srinagar, March 6 On the eve of Shivaratri today, the non-migrants Pandits said they were struggling to keep their age-old traditions alive and continued to face neglect from the successive governments. “On Herath (Shivaratri), …

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Addressing Displacement – a Revisit

#AcrossBorders and origins: Can we get smarter at preventing people from fleeing? By Flavie Halais flaviehalais29 February 2016 A family on their donkeys arrive at their new settlement in Zam Zam camp for internally displaced people in North Darfur. The nature of displacement crises has evolved. How can the international community do a better job …

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One Darfur community is sick of fighting – bringing peace back

http://www.globalpost.com/article/6736564/2016/02/22/darfur-conflict-peace Feb 26 2016 The Darfur conflict erupted in 2003, leading to the death and displacement of hundreds of thousands of Sudanese citizens and capturing the world’s attention. Three years later, the Darfur Peace Agreement was signed — but the war raged on. Then, in 2011, came another peace agreement, the Doha Document for Peace …

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Displaced Kashmiri Pandits want status change to IDPs

Excelsior Correspondent Displaced Kashmiri Pandits plead for status change from ‘Migrant’ to IDPs Youth for PK meets British MP JAMMU, Feb 21: A high power delegation of Youth for Panun Kashmir (PK)-the frontline youth wing of Panun Kashmir today held a meeting with the British MP Bob Blackman who is on a visit to India …

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Sudan’s national dialogue – a test for government’s commitment

http://www.usip.org/olivebranch/2016/02/11/sudan-s-national-dialogue-poses-test-government-s-commitment Sudan’s National Dialogue Poses Test to Government’s Commitment Thursday, February 11, 2016 By: Susan Stigant In Sudan, a country still struggling with violent conflict in Darfur and two other states, almost 700 participants in a national dialogue process are finalizing recommendations after three months of vigorous and genuine discussion. But legacies of tension and …

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Displaced KPs continue to fight – right to return

December 28, 2015 Displaced KPs continue to fight for their right to return, led by the group’s NGOs to choose to return to a “Separate homeland”. On December 28, 1991, KPs first raised their demand for a “distinct homeland” within the Kashmir Valley, from which they were forcibly evicted in 1989/90, the new homeland to …

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Displaced Serbians accommodate incoming Syrian Refugees

Where Wars Collide: Inside a Serbian Center Home to Refugees Old and New By Sara Elizabeth Williams November 23, 2015 | 10:41 am Afghani teenager Khalil squinted in the winter Balkan sunshine and winced as he flexed his left bicep, red and inflamed where a police dog bit him a few days back, in Bulgaria. …

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Kashmiri Pandits – Minority Status for Pandits Irks Sikhs

Minority Status for Pandits Irks Sikhs, PoK Refugees By Fayaz Wani March 24, 2015 SRI NAGAR: The recommendation by a Parliamentary Panel to grant minority status to migrant Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) in Jammu and Kashmir has led to strong resentment from Sikhs and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) refugees, who have warned of a strong agitation. “The …

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