MAHA student, Paul George, discusses India’s lack of policy for IDPs in Scroll blog
Paul George, current Masters of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance student at Tufts, published a story, “Why doesn’t India have a policy for people displaced by conflict?” on Scroll.in on March 23, 2018. He describes how relief and rehabilitation have become victim to the vagaries of electoral politics, communalism, and budgetary convenience.
The current bout of firing between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir has displaced 3,361 civilians. Housed in makeshift relief camps as both countries intensify fighting, they join the 7.9 lakh people estimated to be displaced by conflict in India till 2016. This is a good time to assess the response of the Indian state to displacement caused by internal conflict.
There is a legal and policy lacuna around the rights of Indian citizens displaced by conflict and the role of the state in ensuring their wellbeing.
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