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Violence and the Quest for Justice in South Asia

Violence and the Quest for Justice in South Asia

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January 2018 | 380 pages | SAGE YODA Press

A first of its kind, this timely volume provides a series of case studies from South Asia that detail the quest for justice, the links that can be drawn from different countries in the region and the points of contact and divergences in the enunciation and practice of law. A second theme that runs through the book discusses the corrosive and affective power of violence in its ability to forge new solidary groups and communities. This is the first serious attempt by activists and scholars to think of South Asia as a region bound together through war and collective violence. It will be an invaluable read for postgraduate students and scholars of law and society, political philosophy, sociology and anthropology of violence, history and memory as well as political activists and government departments.


Section One: War, Justice and Remembrance
Bina D’Costa
War Crimes, Justice and the Politics of Memory
Neloufer de Mel and Chulani Kodikara
The Limits of ‘Doing’ Justice: Compensation as Reparation in Post-War Sri Lanka
Pradeep Jeganathan
Justice After the Event: Sri Lanka’s Civil Wars, Memory, Life and Reconciliation
Section Two: Damage, Compensation and Redress
Saba Gul Khattak
The Right to Life and Compensation in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas
Leki Thungon
Seeking Justice and Keeping the Memory Alive
Section Three: Endemic Conflict and the War within
Sanjay Kak
Stand up and Be Counted: Elections, Democracy and the Pursuit of Justice in Jammu and Kashmir
Vrinda Grover
The Adivasi Undertrial, A Prisoner Of War: A Study of Undertrial Detainees in South Chhattisgarh
Deepak Mehta
The Ayodhya Dispute: Law’s Imagination and the Functions of the Status Quo
Sanjeev Uprety and Bal Bahadur Thapa
Constitutional Nationalism and Structural Violence: A Study of the Muluki Ain and the Constitutions of Nepal

The volume’s chapters are meticulously documented case-studies, grounded in rich ethnographic, historical, and statistical data

International Journal on World Peace, Volume XXXVI, No. 4, December 2019

Deepak Mehta

Deepak Mehta is the co-editor of the reputed journal Contributions to Indian Sociology. His research interests centre around the study of material culture, the sociology of Muslim groups in India and law and the sociology of violence. He is the author of Work, Ritual, Biography: A Muslim Community in North India (1996). He has authored (with Roma Chatterji) Living with Violence: An Anthropology of Events and Everyday Life (2007) and edited (with Roma Chatterji) Riot Discourses (2007). He is currently Professor of Sociology at Shiv Nadar University, India. More About Author

Rahul Roy

Rahul Roy is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work has focused on communalism, labour and masculinities. His films—The City Beautiful, Where Four Friends Meet, Majma and The Factory have been widely screened internationally and won several awards. He is the author of the bestselling A Little Book on Men (YODA PRESS, 2007). More About Author

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