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GSG Public Lecture - Assessing potential roles of India in resolving the Rohingya crisis

When:We 25-05-2022 11:30 - 12:30
Where:Expositie Ruimte (Harmonie Building)

Rohingyas represent one of the most persecuted groups in the current world. While the history of Rohingya crisis can be traced back to a few decades the latest episode in 2017 forced millions of Rohingyas to flee to neighboring countries including Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand etc. Despite being one of the top five refugee crises of the present time, Rohingyas often receive little geopolitical and media attention compared to other crises (e.g. Ukraine). Since Bangladesh hosts almost one million Rohingyas, a sound knowledge base is available that reflects on the crisis from a Bangladesh context. Although much less than Bangladesh, India hosts around 40000 Rohingyas, and little is known about India's potential role in resolving the crisis. Once regional politics is being taken into account this goes without saying that India has much bigger leverage than Bangladesh (and perhaps other countries in South East Asia). Based on a desk-based review, this presentation focuses on India's potential role(s) in resolving the Rohingya crisis.

Speaker bios

Palash Kamruzzaman

Palash Kamruzzaman is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of South Wales, UK. Palash has degrees in Sociology and Social Policy (PhD), and Anthropology (MSS & BSS (Hon.)). Before joining the University of South Wales, Palash has taught international development, politics, sociology, and anthropology at the University of Bath, University of Leicester, University of Nottingham, University of Liverpool, and Independent University (Bangladesh). Palash has convened research in Bangladesh, Ghana, Nigeria and Afghanistan and published in the areas of aid ethnographies, expertise in international development, politics of development, participation in policymaking, displacement, global development goals (e.g., SDGs, MDGs), civil society and extreme poverty. Palash is the author of “Poverty Reduction Strategies in Bangladesh - Rethinking Participation in Policy-making” (2014) and “Dollarisation of Poverty - Rethinking Poverty beyond 2015” (2015), and the editor of “Civil Society in the Global South” (2019).

Sarbeswar Sahoo

Sarbeswar Sahoo is an associate professor of sociology at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. He was Charles Wallace fellow at Queen’s University Belfast, UK, and Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow at Max Weber Kolleg, University of Erfurt, Germany. He completed his PhD at the National University of Singapore and has authored Civil Society and Democratization in India: Institutions, Ideologies and Interests (2013) and Pentecostalism and Politics of Conversion in India (2018).

This public lecture is co-organized with the Institute of Indian Studies.

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This lecture is based on a paper under the same name: Assessing potential roles of India in resolving the Rohingya crisis. By: Palash Kamruzzaman, Sarbeswar Sahoo and Suchismita Das.

Suchismita Das is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Government
General Degree College, Mangalkote under the West Bengal Education
Service. She finished her PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology
Delhi in 2021. Her research interests include Neo-liberalism, State-Civil
Society Relations, Political Economy of Development in India.