Dr. Sudha G. Rajput lives in Washington, D.C. 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, reflecting 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 both categories of displaced persons.

Most commented posts

  1. Conf. 795 Blog Post #2: IDPs in Sri Lanka — 14 comments
  2. CONF.795 – Blog Post #1 – Syrian Crisis — 12 comments
  3. Conf.795 Blog Post #3 – Cameroon — 11 comments
  4. News from Kashmiri Pandits — 3 comments
  5. South Sudan – Internal Displacement rises — 2 comments

Author's posts

Sep 10

Israel and Gaza – Internal displacement – Sept 10, 2014

(1) According to UNICEF, around 500,000 Gazans were internally displaced during the Israeli aggression. (2) The infrastructure at UN schools is not suitable to house thousands of families and definitely not for the children. Disease is spreading specially among children due to overcrowding… we are not asking for the impossible. We only want our houses …

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Apr 08

Displaced Kashmiri Pandits lose faith in democratic process

In just one day, I have come across two separate accounts of displaced KPs expressing their frustrations with the democratic process. One of those accounts is analyzed and summarized here: Zulfikar Majid of Jammu, of the Decan Herald, captured in the article: “Parties betrayed us, say Kashmir Pandits ” The frustration stems from the decision …

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Mar 19

Refugee and IDP Issue Analysis – student feedback

Course: ‘Refugee and IDP Issue Analysis’ Dr. Sudha Rajput School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University. Spring 2014 I am excited to share, with you, my students’ feedback on the intensive 3-day seminar that I had designed & delivered, entitled ‘Refugee and IDP Issue Analysis’. This was based on my research of internally …

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Feb 22

Displaced Kashmiri Pandits and welfare programs

Officials of J&K government admit that those displaced from Kashmir Valley beginning in 1989, “constitute an important part of the composite culture of the Valley and the community has made a substantial contribution in several walks of life” (Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Feb 22, 20014). Adding that the ‘government is well aware of their …

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Feb 21

South Sudan – Internal Displacement rises

South Sudan – Internal Displacement: Norwegian Refugee Council reports that from December 2013 to-date, 900.000 people have fled due to political disagreements between the current government and opposition forces. People are living in the bushes, under the trees trying to escape the harsh climate, while being exposed to mosquito bites. The usual April rains are …

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Feb 17

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Feb 09

Conf.795 Blog Post #3 – Cameroon

Cameroon: Refugees arriving in Cameroon fleeing Central African Republic. Many of the new arrivals in eastern Cameroon say they fled from Bangui to escape clashes. UNHCR office reports that the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has sent thousands of people streaming into neighboring countries, while the International Criminal Court announced plans to open …

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Feb 06

Conf. 795 Blog Post #2: IDPs in Sri Lanka

IDPs of Sri Lanka Per Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) up to 90,000 of the 800,000 people forced to flee during Sri Lanka’s civil war between 1983 and 2009 remain internally displaced, with tens of thousands more having returned, but unable to find long term solutions. One third of the IDPs cannot return because their …

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Feb 06

CONF.795 – Blog Post #1 – Syrian Crisis

SYRIA: With no end in sight for the resolution of the Syrian crisis and increasing likelihood for spin-off conflicts spreading across the region, UNHCR is reporting that the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) may double by the end of the 2014. UNHCR is predicting the IDP numbers to reach 6.5 million by the end …

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Dec 27

South Sudan – continuing displacement

December 27, 2013 Per the UN now more than 120,000 people have been displaced, due to the fighting that began on December 15, 2013 in Juba (capital of this new country), violence has now spread across other parts of this oil-producing East African country.