• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

South Asia has become the site of major civil or internal wars, with both domestic and global consequences. The conflict in Kashmir, for example, continues to make headlines, while those in the Northeast and central India simmer, though relatively unnoticed. There appears to be no clear resolution to the civil war and occupation in Afghanistan, even as Nepal and Sri Lanka work out their very different post-war settlements. In Bangladesh, the war of 1971 remains a political fault line, as the events around the War Crimes Tribunal show.

This volume demonstrates the importance of South Asia as a region to deepening the study of civil wars and armed conflicts and, simultaneously, illustrates how civil wars open up questions of sovereignty, citizenship and state contours. By engaging ...

Routine Emergencies: India's Armed Forces Special Powers Act
Routine emergencies: India's Armed Forces Special Powers Act
SanjibBaruah*

When the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navaneethem Pillay, visited New Delhi in March 2009, she took up with Indian officials the case of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), a law that in certain parts of the country governs the ‘use of armed forces in aid of the civil powers’ during conditions regarded as ‘disturbed or dangerous’. The AFSPA empowers the armed forces to make preventive arrests, to search premises without warrant and to shoot and kill civilians. It also provides significant legal immunity to soldiers charged with misusing those powers: Court proceedings are made contingent on the central government's prior approval (Government of India ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles