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.

Archiving Disquiet: Feminist Praxis and the Nation-State*

Archiving Disquiet: Feminist Praxis and the Nation-State*

Archiving disquiet: Feminist praxis and the nation-state


Post-colonial nation-states carry not merely the marks of their erstwhile political and cultural experiences of colonisation but also the ‘burdens’ of nationalism. These include a certain anxiety about their territorial and political status that refuses to engage with interrogations of the nation-state and insists upon confining thinking within a set of givens: defined boundaries, which make up what a civil rights activist called ‘cartographic nationalism’.1 For the post-colonial nation-states of South Asia the anxieties and interrogations are so numerous that critiques of the nation-state have taken more time than warranted to make their way into civil rights activism (which is fairly well consolidated now), and much longer into scholarship, a process that ...

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