ANR Programme 2009-2013
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A Joint Programme on Justice and Governance in India and South Asia
(Hosted by Centre for Himalayan Studies)

Ranabir Samaddar


mail:rsamaddar (at) ---> personal page

Founder of the Calcutta Research Group and its journal, Refugee Watch, he was earlier a Professor of South Asia Studies, then the founder-Director of the Peace Studies Programme at the South Asia Forum for Human Rights, Kathmandu. Known for his critical studies on contemporary issues of justice, human rights, and popular democracy in the context of post-colonial nationalism, trans-border migration, community history, and technological restructuring in South Asia, he has served on various commissions and study groups on issues such as partitions, critical dictionary on globalisation, patterns of forced displacement and the institutional practices of refugee care and protection in India, rights of the minorities and forms of autonomy, technological modernization, and occupational health and safety. He has recently completed a three-volume study of Indian nationalism, the final one titled as, A Biography of the Indian Nation, 1947-1997 (2001). Besides being the editor of three well-known volumes on issues of identity and rights in contemporary politics, Refugees and the State (2003), Space, Territory, and the State (2002), and Reflections on Partition in the East (1997), he is also the editor-in-chief of the South Asian Peace Studies Series. His current work is on theory and practices of dialogue, a question critical to the politics of justice and reconciliation. He has recently co-edited with G. Tarabout  a special number of Diogène/ Diogenes on Conflict, Law and Constitutions" (2005/2006), and an edited book, Conflict, Power and the Landscape of Constitutionalism (2008).
See the video recording of the International Conference "Conflict, Law, and Constitutionalism" organized by Ranabir Samaddar & Gilles Tarabout, Paris, 2005