Policy of India towards persecuted communities in South Asia with focus on refugees and asylum seekers
Author(s): Khalid Mehmood
Abstract: South Asia is well known for its population, geographic size, labor strength and multiculturalism. This region has witnessed the migration of peoples from one country to the other country and from one state to other state within their borders since ancient times. Migration of peoples despite having benefits of multifarious nature at times created problems of persecution, deprivation and violation of the fundamental rights due to socio-economic backwardness and fragility of this region. India is the largest country of this region in terms of Size, population and economy. In this Scenario policy initiatives of India on persecuted communities with reference to refugees and asylum seekers are of utmost significance. Since Independence India has tried a lot for eradication of these issues. Nevertheless, in the second half of the twentieth century nothing remarkable could be done especially with respect to issue of migration of refugees and persecuted communities. Hence, these issues are still pending and peoples are badly suffering from them. In recent past policy initiatives such as “neighbourhood first policy” of India focused on proactive strategies instead of impractical strategies of the policy formulation and implementation. However, still a lot has to be done for resolving issues and disputes with neighbouring countries for the establishment of peace and most importantly the welfare of the persecuted refugees and asylum seeker. In this study an attempt has been made to critically analyse the policy initiatives of India with focus on the prosecuted communities of India and its immediate neighbouring states such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Nepal. This study is based on exploratory and analytical methodology to arrive at a logical conclusion of the subject matter.
Khalid Mehmood. Policy of India towards persecuted communities in South Asia with focus on refugees and asylum seekers. Int J Political Sci Governance 2022;4(2):100-102. DOI: 10.33545/26646021.2022.v4.i2b.178