Human Rights and Peace: Laws, Institutions and Movements explores the shifts in the way peace has been envisaged in the rhetoric and practice of human rights. Peace has come to be seen as a continuing process of the pursuit of liberation, a progressive dismantling of relationships, of exploitation based on gender, caste, class, race, ethnicity and nationality, and a countervailing force to the coercive practices of the state. Woven around the themes of ideas, laws and institutions, and movements, the articles in this volume show how peace has become an over-arching framework in the domain of human rights. The book traces how the idea of peace has transformed from a passive condition of 'sepulchral silence' associated with 'guided' peace, into a praxis led by and producing radical politics of liberatory change. The volume examines: " The distinct claims that peace makes to durable rights which are not subject to arbitrary withdrawals or selective investment by the state; " The articulations of right to peace in the largely unexplored processes of 'conflict resolution' in South Asia; and " The role of human rights movement and institutions in situations of prolonged absence of peace, sustained repression by the state, and unprecedented growth in non-state violence of all kinds.

SAARC in 2020: The Dream, the Nightmare and the Wake-Up Call*

SAARC in 2020: The Dream, the Nightmare and the Wake-Up Call*

SAARC in 2020: The dream, the nightmare and the wake-up call

The Dream

When I was asked to write on the topic ‘SAARC in 2020’, I tried to close my eyes and visualize South Asia 13 years hence. As I tried to dream, I suddenly saw that there maybe no South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in 2020. Why? The reason being that it may not be needed anymore. My dream of South Asian future 13 years from now was a beautiful one, almost poetic in quality. In 2020, I saw all the things that have been on my wish list ever since I can remember, but my Santa has not yet delivered.

I dreamt that ...

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