Contents: Acknowledegment. Preface. Introduction. 1. Armed conflicts in South Asia: an overview/P.R. Chari. 2. Bangladesh: a slow beginning?/B. Rajeshwari. 3. J and K: infiltration declines, violence persists/D. Suba Chandran. 4. Left extremism in India: from Red Corridor to Red Land/Mallika Joseph. 5. Nepal: continuing violence/P.G. Rajamohan. 6. North-East: failure of peace processes/Bibhu Prasad Routray. 7. Pakistan: tribal troubles in Balochistan and Waziristan/D. Suba Chandran. 8. Sri Lanka: negative peace, positive violence/N. Manoharan. 9. Promoting peace in South Asia/Maj Gen Dipankar Banerjee. 10. Chronology of events in 2005. Index.
"While the armed conflicts in the recent years have become bloodier in South Asia, the peace processes could not be sustained for various factors. Initiating a peace process is easier than to sustain it. In the last few years, a series of peace processes have been initiated in South Asia, in Pakistan, Kashmir, Nepal, India's Northeast and Sri Lanka. The presence of numerous actors, role of civil society, space and rules of bargaining, lack of bargaining tools, independent inputs or the lack of it, level of external support all these factors play an important role in sustaining the peace processes.
The above two factors continuing armed conflicts and failing peace processes, make it imperative to initiate an organized, long term but independent study of the armed conflicts and peace processes in South Asia. A database on armed conflicts in South Asia is essential for such a study. The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) propose to create such a database on armed conflicts and peace processes in South Asia.
This book is a primary part of this endeavour and is published as an annual on the various conflicts in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The following case studies would form the core essays of the annual Waziristan, Balochistan, Jammu and Kashmir, India's Northeast, Naxalites in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. In future, the study would also cover the armed conflict in Afghanistan." (jacket)