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Women Doing Peace

Women in Peace Politics edited by Paula Banerjee, South Asian Peace Studies: Volume 3 (New Delhi: Sage Publications), 2008;

M ost of south Asia has faced the universal realities of violence, war and armed conict. With every conict or terrorist attack, peoples worst fears are conrmed: their governments resort to even more draconian laws, implement tighter immigration controls against the outsider, expend their limited resources on sophisticated arms and race to stock up their nuclear arsenals to deter the so-called enemy. But experience has repeatedly shown that these aggressive measures have not only failed to instil greater condence and a feeling of security among the people, they have actually reinforced greater distrust, hatred, fear and heightened paranoia in the region. On the one hand, these policies inevitably lead to the shrinking of democratic space for citizens, whether in India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka, and on the other, harden the religious divide between ethnic groups and nurture feelings of b elligerent nationalism.

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